1. a feeling of sth, an emotional response to sth
a sense of belonging/excitement/entitlement
Our senses refer to touch, taste, sight, hearing and taste. When we refer to a 'sense' of something, it usually refers to something we perceive or feel. This could be negative, as in the "sense of someone watching you", or a positive feeling like "a sense of belonging" or a "sense of pride in your work". Sense collocates with a number of words - sense of place, belonging, entitlement, excitement, etc. You will often hear people in professional and social situations referring to 'a sense of' something.