Definition of zeitgeber in English:


Syllabification: zeit·ge·ber
Pronunciation: /ˈtsītˌɡābər, ˈzīt-


A cue given by the environment, such as a change in light or temperature, to reset the internal body clock.
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  • And while light is a common zeitgeber, other external stimuli can play this role as well.
  • Consider one zeitgeber that virtually all businesses share: the quarterly business calendar.
  • Scientists call external time cues zeitgebers.


mid 20th century: from German Zeitgeber, from Zeit 'time' + Geber 'giver'.

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