"spirit" of a place or time; "spirituality, intellectuality," 1871, from German Geist (see ghost).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Examples from the Web for geist
Nintendo stepped in, making this the first M-rated game the company has published since Geist in 2005 (and only their third ever).Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie
October 24, 2014
Media vet Brian Williams calls Geist "one part Twain, one part Carrot Top," and his first work is definitely not one to miss.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
October 4, 2010
And yet, when one has said this, one has failed to express the national Geist in all its subtlety.A Far Country, Complete
Geist in that quarter made their relation—not that they had any, mind you!It Never Can Happen Again
William De Morgan
"Geist" is rather mind as the common nature of intelligence.
So the good woman had said, showing her lack of geist—her Philistinism.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
It is in loving them and respecting them as he loved and respected Geist and Kai.Critical Studies