Definition of zeitgeist in English:

zeitgeist

Syllabification: zeit·geist
Pronunciation: /ˈtsītˌɡīst
 
, ˈzītˌɡīst
 
/

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'.

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