Definition of zeitgeist in English:

zeitgeist

Syllabification: zeit·geist
Pronunciation: /ˈtsītˌgīst, ˈzīt-
 
/

noun

[in singular]
  • The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time: the story captured the zeitgeist of the late 1960s
    More example sentences
    • When the young Beethoven arrived in Vienna in 1792, the musical zeitgeist was defined by Haydn and Mozart.
    • In many ways the Perrons' story captured the zeitgeist last year.
    • The stories capture the zeitgeist of the experience, if not the objective reality.

Origin

mid 19th century: from German Zeitgeist, from Zeit 'time' + Geist 'spirit'.

More definitions of zeitgeist

Definition of zeitgeist in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little