Definition of gestalt in English:

gestalt

(also Gestalt)

noun

Psychology
  • An organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.

    • ‘I'm not sure I have great art inside of me, but there's something in my gut that seeks to express the gestalt I experience and perceive.’
    • ‘To the best of our knowledge, the taxonomy of motivational domains above has not yet been tested empirically as a gestalt, through a substantive sample of emigrants.’
    • ‘When you react to a movie, you react to the whole thing, its entire gestalt of form and content - and you react as fully you, body and mind, emotions and personal history combined.’
    • ‘Several data sources were used to grasp the gestalt of symbolic-experiential therapy.’
    • ‘Could these synthetic agents also be considered anthropomorphically by the collective gestalt of the user experience?’

Origin

1920s: from German Gestalt, literally form, shape.

Pronunciation:

gestalt

/ɡəˈSHtält/