History and etymology
Gemütlichkeit derives from gemütlich, the adjective of Gemüt, which means "heart, mind, temper, feeling" expressed by (and cognate with) English
abstract noun Gemütlichkeit has been adopted into English.
 The current meaning of the word derives from its use in the
Biedermeier period. By the second half of the 19th century, it also became associated with a set of traits supposedly unique to the
German culture. In the United States, the city of
Jefferson, Wisconsin uses the phrase: "The Gemütlichkeit City" as its motto.
The word can be used in descriptions of holidays.
 In the 1973
English contract law case
Jarvis v Swans Tours Ltd, a holidaymaker sued after not receiving the Gemütlichkeit promised by the promotional literature for a
package holiday to the Swiss Alps.
connotations of Gemütlichkeit are also emphasized in some uses of the term. For example, one academic described it as a tradition of "public festivity" (in the form of a "mixture of music, food, and drink"), which "promote[d] community solidarity."
Harlem Renaissance was then cited as of how a sense of Gemütlichkeit arises from a "mix of music, art and politics in service of community consciousness".
Gemütlichkeit has been appropriated at least once to describe the tenor of an economic era rather than spirit of a social gathering. In analysing the "inflation dampening effects of
Georgia Southern University professor wrote that certain U.S. economic trends could "spell an end of the Gemütlichkeit — a situation in which cheap labor and money abroad as well as ever-increasing productivity at home had permitted an uninterrupted spell of controlled growth in overall prices".