German Word of the Day: Die Gemütlichkeit

It’s snowing outside and you’re curled up inside with a hot chocolate, a good book and your slippers on. Very gemütlich.

Published: Fri 7 Dec 2018 11:15 CEST
German Word of the Day: Die Gemütlichkeit

Or it’s the middle of summer and you’re sitting, laughing in a beer garden with your pals. Or your sitting in your favourite coffee shop, catching up with your best friend whom you haven’t seen in too long.

In the winter, it's often used to describe Germany's ample Christmas markets and the sensation that one receives when browsing booths selling artisanal crafts or Glühwein.

Gemütlichkeit is arguably one of the most famous German concepts. The word encompasses sensations of coziness, contentment and warmth. The term can also be extended to refer to the sense of social acceptance and well-being.

Although it’s a very German term, Gemütlichkeit has transcended its linguistic roots and can be used in English.

It has a broader meaning than English terms such as cozy, or comfortable, which makes it the perfect word to describe that sensation of warmth and well-being.


Dieses Café gefällt mir nicht, da es an Gemütlichkeit mangelt.

I don’t like this cafe because it’s not very cozy.

Es ist sehr emütlichkeit

Ich fühle mich sehr gemütlich, wenn ich im Winter Gluehwein im Weihnachtsmarkt trinke.

I feel very warm and pleasant when I drink wine at a Christmas market in the winter.

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