Definitions for gemütlichkeit

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ge•müt•lich•keitgəˈmut lɪxˌkaɪt. -ˈmʊt-; Ger. -ˈmüt-(n.)

or ge•muet•lich•keit

  1. warm cordiality; congeniality.

    Category: Foreign Term

Origin of Gemütlichkeit:

1890–1900; < G

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  1. Gemütlichkeit

    Gemütlichkeit means a situation that induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, with connotation of belonging and social acceptance, coziness and unhurry. Gemütlichkeit derives from gemütlich, the adjective of Gemüt, which means "heart, mind, temper, feeling" expressed by English mood. This German abstract noun has been adopted into English. The current meaning of the word derives from its use in the Biedermeier period. By the second half of the 19th century, it also became associated with a set of traits supposedly unique to Germans and German culture. In the United States, the city of Jefferson, Wisconsin uses the phrase: "The Gemütlichkeit City" as its motto. The song The Bare Necessities from Disney's The Jungle Book, where a cheerful Baloo explains how "a bear can rest at ease with just the bare necessities of life" was rendered as Probier’s mal mit Gemütlichkeit in the German version. In the 1973 English contract law case Jarvis v Swans Tours Ltd, a holidaymaker sued after not receiving the Gemütlichkeit promised by the promotional literature for a package holiday to the Swiss Alps. The word can be used in descriptions of holidays. The communal connotations of Gemütlichkeit are also emphasized in some uses of the term. For example, one academic described it as a tradition of "public festivity", which "promote[d] community solidarity." The Harlem Renaissance was then cited as of how a sense of Gemütlichkeit arises from a "mix of music, art and politics in service of community consciousness".

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