genius loci

[ gen-i-oos -loh-kee; English jee-nee-uhs -loh-sahy, -kahy ]
/ ˈgɛn ɪˌʊs ˈloʊ ki; English ˈdʒi ni əs ˈloʊ saɪ, -kaɪ /

noun Latin.

the guardian spirit of a place.
the distinctive character or atmosphere of a place with reference to the impression that it makes on the mind.

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British Dictionary definitions for genius loci

genius loci
/ Latin (ˈdʒiːnɪəs ˈləʊsaɪ) /

noun

the guardian spirit of a place
the special atmosphere of a particular place

Word Origin for genius loci

genius of the place
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