folklore

noun
folk·​lore | \ ˈfōk-ˌlȯr \

Definition of folklore

1 : traditional customs, tales, sayings, dances, or art forms preserved among a people The coyote appears in much of Native American folklore. Paul Bunyan is a figure from folklore.
2 : a branch of knowledge that deals with folklore a specialist in folklore
3 : an often unsupported notion, story, or saying that is widely circulated the folklore about the health risks of computers

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Other Words from folklore

folkloric \ ˈfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ik \ adjective
folklorish \ ˈfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ish \ adjective
folklorist \ ˈfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ist \ noun
folkloristic \ ˌfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ˈi-​stik \ adjective

Examples of folklore in a Sentence

The coyote appears in a great deal of Native American folklore. the rich folklore of Louisiana He can't tell the difference between fact and folklore.
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His life bridged two worlds: the city’s modern commercialized culture and the folklore of baseball’s bucolic origins, a romantic ideal where country boys like Mickey played the game in unkempt fields. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘A Season in the Sun’ Review: Those Weren’t the Days," 12 Apr. 2018 Some of these are links are self-discovered — your personal connection between self and other — while others are passed down through folklore. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 Cooper became a folklore legend after parachuting from a jet in 1971 in a business suit and escaping with $200,000 in ransom money. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Indiana man tells how cracked code pointed to DB Cooper suspect," 3 Aug. 2018 Russian, Albanian, Indian, and Greek folklore have similar undead monsters. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fifth-century child’s skeleton shows evidence of “vampire burial”," 13 Oct. 2018 Even today, folklore remains among many Mormons to explain the ban, from Blacks being cursed with the blood of Cain being less valiant in the premortal life. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 Nancy Deihl, director of the master’s program in costume studies at NYU, points me to European folklore. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Why are “sexy” cats a thing?," 26 Oct. 2018 Expect lots of terrifying new creatures, some drawn from West Virginia's folklore. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Everything Bethesda revealed at E3: Fallout 76, Doom Eternal, Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield, more," 10 June 2018 In in an attempt to find a remedy for love troubles, the duo offers to light up a candle for the saints in a quasi-psychedelic video that evokes mysticism and folklore. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: All the Best New Latin Songs and Albums You Should Add to Your Playlist," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of folklore

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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folklore

noun

English Language Learners Definition of folklore

: traditional customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings

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

folklore

noun
folk·​lore | \ ˈfōk-ˌlȯr \

Kids Definition of folklore

: traditional customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings

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