Zeitgeist is defined as the spirit of a generation or a period of time.
An example of zeitgeist is the free love and progressive thinking of the 1960s.
[oftenZ-] the spirit of the age; trend of thought and feeling in a period
Origin of zeitgeistGer, time spirit
The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation: “A new cult of technological optimism has deeply embedded itself in the zeitgeist” ( Sebastian Seung )
Origin of ZeitgeistGerman Zeit time ( from Middle High German zīt ) ( from Old High German; see dā- in Indo-European roots.) Geist spirit ; see poltergeist .
(plural zeitgeists or zeitgeister)
(plural Zeitgeists or Zeitgeister)
- Alternative capitalization of zeitgeist