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From her youth, Althea Gibson had a distinctly athletic ethos about her, as if she might have majored in physical education.

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mehdi kordWhat do the bold parts mean in this sentence?

It means that the writer doesn't know what "ethos" means. I guess she meant "air" but thought she would sound smarter using an obscure word she didn't understand. Even as a child, Gibson looked like an athlete just standing there, and it was easy to imagine that this woman had a college degree in Physical Education.