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folklore

noun folk·lore \ˈfōk-ˌlr\

: traditional customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings

: ideas or stories that are not true but that many people have heard or read

Full Definition of FOLKLORE

1
:  traditional customs, tales, sayings, dances, or art forms preserved among a people
2
:  a branch of knowledge that deals with folklore
3
:  an often unsupported notion, story, or saying that is widely circulated
folk·lor·ic \-ˌlr-ik\ adjective
folk·lor·ish \-ish\ adjective
folk·lor·ist \-ist\ noun
folk·lor·is·tic \ˌfōk-ˌlr-ˈis-tik\ adjective

Examples of FOLKLORE

  1. The coyote appears in a great deal of Native American folklore.
  2. the rich folklore of Louisiana
  3. He can't tell the difference between fact and folklore.

First Known Use of FOLKLORE

1846

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

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