from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The spirit or genius of the time; that general drift of thought or feeling which particularly characterizes any period of time: a German word occasionally used in English.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative capitalization of zeitgeist

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German : Zeit, time (from Middle High German zīt, from Old High German; see dā- in Indo-European roots) + Geist, spirit; see poltergeist.]



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  • 2/19/2011: I miss the Wordnik Zeitgeist - Watch Your Language page link/heading that is suddenly today named "Community".

    While I understand that "Community" is way more evident than "Zeitgeist" and sure to be far less cryptic and confusing to new users, I have grown very fond of the "Watch Your Language" subtitle for the (small "c") "community" page. I would hope that some hybrid of the names of the former Zeitgeist and newly named Community page could be found and displayed....

    February 19, 2011

  • *wanders in expecting a food pellet*

    *presses button*


    *presses button again*


    February 19, 2011

  • *places food pellet in open view with 'Eat Me' sign attached*

    February 19, 2011

  • *sniffs*

    February 19, 2011

  • *wonders why bilby's wearing an 'Eat Me' sign--isn't he endangered?*

    February 19, 2011

  • *bites*

    February 19, 2011

  • the richness of ritual (How rich Y'all!) is often only fully recognized when it is gone.

    February 19, 2011

  • Bitegeist.

    February 19, 2011

  • Hernesheir, I noticed that too, and thought my monitor was broken. ;-) I'll also miss Watch Your Language, but as long as Wordnik is still around, I'll live with the change.

    February 19, 2011

  • I don't give a foutra anymore.

    February 19, 2011