folk·​lore | \ ˈfōk-ˌlȯr How to pronounce folklore (audio) \

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 How to pronounce folklore (audio) \ adjective
folklorish \ ˈfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ish How to pronounce folklore (audio) \ adjective
folklorist \ ˈfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ist How to pronounce folklore (audio) \ noun
folkloristic \ ˌfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce folklore (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web In the woods of Maine, a family of three is searching for creatures from Scandinavian folklore. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2021 Most of the collection of swoon-worthy short stories are adapted from African and Asian folklore, with a feminist twist. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, 18 May 2021 Its Zhurong rover, named after a god of fire from Chinese folklore, successfully touched down in Utopia Planitia around 7:11 P.M. EST as part of the Tianwen-1 mission, according to the China National Space Administration. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 14 May 2021 Now, a variety of steins line the walls, alongside antler chandeliers and artworks depicting Germany or derived from German folklore and iconography. Susan Dunne,, 1 Apr. 2021 Each work has its own quirks — the film feels the most like a traditional vampire story, for instance, while Blood-C throws in dashes of Lovecraftian lore and Japanese folklore. John Maher, Vulture, 4 June 2021 But one thing that links it all, or links most of it, is these experiences that people report and turn — over years and centuries and millennia around campfires and on stages — into folklore and mythology. Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2021 Other winners included Dua Lipa as Female Artist of the Year and Taylor Swift’s folklore as Best Pop Album. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 28 May 2021 The imaginative artwork leans on old Scandinavian folklore and fairy tales to transport visitors to a magical world while conveying the importance of forest preservation, conservation, and our responsibility to the environment around us., 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of folklore

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of folklore was in 1846

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19 Jun 2021

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“Folklore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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


folk·​lore | \ ˈfōk-ˌlȯr How to pronounce folklore (audio) \

Kids Definition of folklore

: traditional customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings


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