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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Public Interest Litigation was filed by a non-government organization in India, hoping to ban such things as astrology, feng shui, tarot, and others, which is what led to this declaration. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2011 In the world of feng shui, these plants are considered barriers against negative energy. Jeff Lowenfels | Alaska Gardening And Growing, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Dec. 2022 Find some home favorites in our guides to meditation gifts and feng shui plants. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2022 Try a pothos, which feng shui expert Anjie Cho says is great for beginners and can help promote softness and harmony in your work area. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 21 Sep. 2022 One of the best plants for feng shui, this hard-to-kill plant is said to bring positive energy and good fortune to your home. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 21 Sep. 2022 One way to welcome that positive energy into your home is through feng shui. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 6 Sep. 2022 Our aquarium was endlessly shifted around the house for better feng shui (to the dismay of our fish). Belinda Huijuan Tang, Vogue, 5 May 2022 Gomez recommends having a feng shui expert tell you the best direction to sleep based on your birthday. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 13 July 2022 See More

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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 3 Feb. 2023.

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

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