Definition of eidos in English:

eidos

noun

mass nounAnthropology
  • The distinctive expression of the cognitive or intellectual character of a culture or social group.

    ‘He finds the eidos of the Iatmul people to be characterized among other things by a tendency to construct an enormously complex cultural-structure.’
    ‘Bateson asserts that a culture's eidos fosters certain ideas and beliefs in individual members of the culture and sanctions or suppresses others.’

Origin

1930s from Greek, literally ‘form, type, idea’, partly in contrast to ethos.

Pronunciation

eidos

/ˈʌɪdɒs/