ge·​sell·​schaft | \ gə-ˈzel-ˌshäft How to pronounce gesellschaft (audio) \

Definition of gesellschaft

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Last year's winning words were Feldenkrais and gesellschaft. Leada Gore,, "Who won the 2017 National Spelling Bee? What was the winning word?," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of gesellschaft

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gesellschaft

German, companionship, society

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“Gesellschaft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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