ge·​sell·​schaft gə-ˈzel-ˌshäft How to pronounce gesellschaft (audio)
: a rationally developed mechanistic type of social relationship characterized by impersonally contracted associations between persons
also : a community or society characterized by this relationship compare gemeinschaft

Examples of gesellschaft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year's winning words were Feldenkrais and gesellschaft. Leada Gore,, 1 June 2017

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Word History


German, companionship, society

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gesellschaft was in 1928

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“Gesellschaft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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