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 According to feng shui experts, ideal perches for any award are the office and living room, never isolated and instead surrounded by other accolades, decorative items and personal mementos. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2024 Among the most important variables in feng shui is an object’s standing in the overall footprint of the home, and one of the most common methods of keeping attuned to that is by using a bagua map. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2024 The film, about two shaman, a feng shui master and a mortician who attempt to undo the mysterious events happening to a U.S.-based Korean family, grabbed $14.5 million between Friday and Sunday, representing a 77% share of the overall box office market. Patrick Frater, Variety, 25 Feb. 2024 Buddhist priests helped to pick out a grave according to feng shui principles. Amy Qin, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Experts in the Chinese art of feng shui say decorating with curvy furniture creates a sense of movement and lets energy flow through a room. Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 What better way to refresh your space than by bringing it into harmony by practicing feng shui? Essence, 11 Dec. 2023 There were Tigger telephones, Piglet cookie jars and Pooh Beanie Babies dressed in satiny feng shui robes and leather-like black biker jackets. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 The new Mitsubishi Montero Sport's attributes follow the principles of automotive feng shui: (1) The pedals are close together, and the control action of the brakes, clutch, and throttle is smooth on the road. Phil Berg, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feng shui was in 1797

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“Feng shui.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feng%20shui. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

feng shui

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

from Chinese fēng "wind" and shǔi "water"

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