Definition of vibe in US English:

vibe

noun

  • 1usually vibesA person's emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others.

    ‘a lot of moody people giving off bad vibes’
    • ‘Long-time residents of the area like the low crime rate, the quiet atmosphere and the small-town vibe.’
    • ‘I think he was great, he kept the vibe of the original character, but at the same time he exemplified the next generation.’
    • ‘On Saturday night, however, the vibe on the floor was very sweaty indeed and the atmosphere was brilliant.’
    • ‘The village atmosphere and generally festive vibe is infectious as hundreds of people celebrate the very best of folk culture and music during the six-day event.’
    • ‘Those who yearn for the good old warehouse days are going to appreciate the jazzy, ambient vibe.’
    • ‘Instead of giving presents to friends, donate the same amount to individual charities and give people a vibe of the Christmas spirit.’
    • ‘Was it the leftover vibe of previous aura seekers who had come to this room?’
    • ‘Wim created a similar vibe as a speaker, meandering through anecdotes, sharing philosophies, listening to and acknowledging other people in the room.’
    • ‘Not only do these earrings draw attention to you, they give you a free spirited vibe which is so sexy.’
    • ‘In the music, man, the spiritual vibe is very important.’
    • ‘The bustling vibe adds to the atmosphere rather than detracting from your enjoyment.’
    • ‘Expect the same trashy rock and electro vibe in a more intimate and debauched atmosphere.’
    • ‘I always loved Meg's gorgeous photos and wanted to soak up the apparent peaceful, spiritual vibe of the place.’
    • ‘You've been around the Senate for a long time, what sort of vibe do you get from the Government today?’
    • ‘The connection and feeling students have with their school benefits the school through contributions to the community and a positive vibe on campus.’
    • ‘I was in this bar on a Friday night, the vibe and ambience was chilled with funky back beats.’
    • ‘Some DJs couldn't understand my positive vibe and couldn't handle sharing the spotlight, but after truly listening to my unique style, they gave me love.’
    • ‘It wasn't the world's most extravagant theatre complex, but it had this sort of historical vibe about it.’
    • ‘I'd never previously experienced such a positive vibe in a club environment.’
    • ‘Many of those early residents still remain in Venice Beach, contributing to the vibe of free-love and environmental peace that continues to this day.’
    ambience, aura, climate, air, mood, feel, feeling, character, tone, overtone, undertone, tenor, spirit, quality, aspect, element, undercurrent, flavour, colour, colouring, look, impression, suggestion, emanation
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  • 2vibes

    another term for vibraphone
    • ‘He played the drums, the harmonica, guitar, piano, the vibes, he sang, he did impressions, he danced.’
    • ‘It's the subsequent addition of multi-tracked vocal counterpoint, maracas, and vibes that turns it into a delectable piece of ear candy.’
    • ‘And the vibes, by being so distinctive, emphasize the repetitiveness of the patterns they're playing, while the other instruments have a back door into your brain.’
    • ‘Khan Jamal's vibes weave subtly and powerfully around Shipp's melodic, stately and frequently forceful piano lines.’
    • ‘A deep, squelching beat suffused with vibes and marimba stutters behind her, balancing the simple innocence of her words with skin-prickling menace.’
    • ‘The lack of piano (or guitar, or vibes, etc.) gives the bassist and drummer more space in which to operate.’
    • ‘His marimba and vibes contribute further percussive accents, and the intricate multiple meters and contrapuntal figures add up to a rhythmic feast for the listener.’
    • ‘They're a fun, tight mix of jazz flair and rock energy, with guitar, bass, drums, and vibes.’
    • ‘Electronics were largely eschewed for acoustic strumming, vibes, banjo and plenty of ‘ba-ba-ba’ backing vocals.’
    • ‘Beltran saves himself by using live instrumentation such as guitars, vibes and organs.’
    • ‘Killian and his band of vibes, percussion, sax, flute, bass, keyboards and vocalist occupied stage left.’
    • ‘The first track further lulls you a false sense of security; a lovely, candle-flickering tune, drums brushed around a breathy sax and gently chiming vibes.’
    • ‘The vibes and the piano interplay while various electronic warbling and effects are heard in the background laying the background to the piece.’
    • ‘Banjo and vibes fill in the corners of the song, leaving room for some sort of oscillating synthesizer and closely harmonized vocals.’
    • ‘Folky guitars, brush drums, violin, and vibes tend to sink back as a shimmering canvas for his singing.’
    • ‘Multiple guitars and vibes unwind a skeletal melody into nothingness while a lonesome organ drones sadly against the silence.’
    • ‘The vamp becomes a backdrop for an improvised duet between the vibes and cello.’
    • ‘The front line of sax, vibes and trombone may strike some as unconventional, but to say it works would be a bit of an understatement; more than sum of their parts, indeed.’
    • ‘The mood is intimate and late night; a chanteuse in a little club somewhere with a piano trio augmented by sax, vibes and guitar.’
    • ‘The leader, a much under-appreciated musician, is heard on both vibes and marimba.’

Pronunciation

vibe

/vīb//vaɪb/