Meaning of mentalité in English:


Pronunciation /mɛntalɪˈteɪ/


  • The attitude of a person or group of people to the world and their conception of their place within it.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in American Historical Review. From French mentalité the quality or condition of that which is mental, modes of thought, beliefs, morals, etc., characteristic of a particular group, either from mentality or independently from mental + -ité. (The French word is normally taken as a loan from English, although the English word is not well attested before 1840).