Definition of genius loci in English:

genius loci


  • 1[in singular] The prevailing character or atmosphere of a place.

    • ‘The lure of money has typically overcome the genius loci that might otherwise have protected the city's sites of catastrophe and loss.’
    • ‘We can learn a ton about baseball while feeling both the spine shivers of contact with ‘holy’ items and the touch of genius loci, the magic of real and special places.’
    • ‘Having visited his bare-bones Tribeca studio with its funky, timbered two-story space, I've gotten a sense of the genius loci of Georges's recent art.’
    • ‘The first addresses the question of how to preserve, respect or regenerate genius loci under fast changing conditions.’
    • ‘The objective was to find the genius loci of a place and in Lasdun's words ‘the soul of the building’.’
    1. 1.1The presiding god or spirit of a place.
      • ‘She supposes that, in earlier times, ‘every tree, every spring, every stream, every hill had its own genius loci, its guardian spirit’.’


Early 17th century: Latin, literally spirit of the place.


genius loci

/ˈjēnēəs ˈlōsī//-kī/