Share this entry
mythos Line breaks: my¦thos
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪθɒs/

Definition of mythos in English:

noun (plural mythoi ˈmɪθɔɪ)

chiefly technical
1A myth or mythology: the Arthurian mythos
More example sentences
  • Much of the traditional Arthurian mythos has simply been left out.
  • In this unique, austere interpretation of the Arthurian mythos, there isn't a shot or a camera movement that doesn't represent thought - and love.
  • The Vulcan of the Islamic mythos was named Jabr.
1.1A traditional or recurrent narrative theme or plot structure.
Example sentences
  • This is the central mythos, the guiding narrative, of modernity of course.
  • This is the mythos of tragedy, combined with a glorious transcendence of conflict.
  • For Frye this meant that there were four archetypal plot modes, or mythoi, that characterized Western literature.


Mid 18th century: from Greek.

Definition of mythos in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources