feng shui

\ ˈfəŋ-ˈshwē How to pronounce feng shui (audio) , -ˈshwā \

Definition of feng shui

: a Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it also : orientation, placement, or arrangement according to the precepts of feng shui

Examples of feng shui in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s almost an element of feng shui—the Chinese science of balancing energy through design—with the asymmetric layout. Richard Alban, Robb Report, 17 Sep. 2021 Apply these principles of feng shui to promote calm and restfulness in your bedroom. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2021 There are also the popular practices of geomancy or feng shui, an ancient art of harmonizing humans with their surroundings, and divination or fortunetelling. Mario Poceski, The Conversation, 6 Aug. 2021 Even the street names in its Great Park neighborhoods, which have popped up over the last decade around the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, were developed in consultation with a feng shui master. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 And to further ensure that meals are never monotonous, Yapp and her husband like to play with feng shui. New York Times, 22 July 2021 Guest rooms are tastefully decorated following the feng shui order. Juyoung Seo, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Money trees are rumored to promote positive feng shui and good fortune. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 The feng shui payoff alone would be instant and enormous, as one expert told me. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of feng shui

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for feng shui

Chinese (Beijing) fēngshui geomantic omen, literally, wind-water

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The first known use of feng shui was in 1797

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8 Oct 2021

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“Feng shui.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feng%20shui. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of feng shui

: a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness

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