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[German guh-zel-shahft] /German gəˈzɛlˌʃɑft/
noun, plural gesellschaften
[German guh-zel-shahf-tuh n] /German gəˈzɛlˌʃɑf tən/ (Show IPA).
(often initial capital letter)
an association of individuals for common goals, as for entertainment, intellectual, or cultural purposes or for business reasons.
Sociology. a society or group characterized chiefly by formal organization, impersonal relations, the absence of generally held or binding norms, and a detachment from traditional and sentimental concerns, and often tending to be rationalistic and secular in outlook.
Compare gemeinschaft.
Origin of gesellschaft
1935-40; < German, equivalent to Geselle companion + -schaft -ship Unabridged
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/German ɡəˈzɛlʃaft/
noun (pl) -schaften (German) (-ʃaftən)
(often capital) a social group held together by practical concerns, formal and impersonal relationships, etc Compare gemeinschaft
Word Origin
German, literally: society
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Word Origin and History for gesellschaft

1887, "social relationship based on duty to society or an organization," from German Gesellschaft, from geselle "companion" + -schaft "-ship."

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