- 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.
zeitgeist definition by Webster's New World
Origin: German time spirit
zeitgeist definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: German : Zeit, time (from Middle High German zīt, from Old High German; see dā- in Indo-European roots) + Geist, spirit; see poltergeist.
zeitgeist - Computer Definition
zeitgeist - Cultural Definition
The general moral, intellectual, and cultural climate of an era; Zeitgeist is German for “time-spirit.” For example, the Zeitgeist of England in the Victorian period included a belief in industrial progress, and the Zeitgeist of the 1980s in the United States was a belief in the power of money and the many ways in which to spend it.