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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Nigerian actor/director Akin Omotoso will launch The Brave Ones, a supernatural series inspired by African folklore but set in modern-day South Africa, on Netflix Sept. 16. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Aug. 2022 It’s an art form wrapped in myth and mythology, from the otherworldly provenance of Robert Johnson’s sublime gifts to Afro-Christian notions of evil and the poignant folklore found in the songs of Mississippi John Hurt. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 31 July 2022 The author was inspired by traditional Japanese folklore and even included some anecdotes about his own eerie experiences of growing up in Ireland. Juliana Ukiomogbe, ELLE, 27 July 2022 By going back and forth in time, Blum cleverly makes his pieces part of agency folklore, terrific stories in their own right. Joseph Kanon, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 That doesn’t stop everyone on Wall Street from flogging measures, hunches and folklore purporting to foretell when stocks will finally stop falling. Jason Zweig, WSJ, 8 July 2022 The exhibit also includes contributions to contemporary Greek Culture, folklore items, traditional costumes and information on the Greek language school. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 21 June 2022 Everything from folklore storytelling to earworm pop songs to R&B dance tracks have all been the soundtrack to father-daughter bonding moments. Mia Uzzell, Glamour, 19 June 2022 Spirituality, folklore and often Christianity have served to stabilize, embolden and preserve Black Americans through the ages. Nyeema C. Harris, Scientific American, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of folklore

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Folklore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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

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: traditional customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings

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