Definition of zeitgeist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈzaɪtɡaɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzaɪtɡaɪst//
[singular] (from German, formal)
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the general mood or quality of a particular period of history, as shown by the ideas, beliefs, etc. common at the time synonym spirit (7) Word Originmid 19th cent.: from German Zeitgeist, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geist ‘spirit’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: zeitgeist