- Ethos is defined as the beliefs or ideas by which a person or group lives.
An example of an ethos is the community goals set in a mission statement.
Origin of ethosClassical Greek ēthos, disposition, character: see ethical
Origin of ethosGreek ēthos, character; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(plural ethe or ethea)
terms etymologically related to ethos
From Ancient Greek ἦθος (ēthos, “custom, habit”).