folklore

noun
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 folkloric (audio) \ adjective
folklorish \ ˈfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ish How to pronounce folklorish (audio) \ adjective
folklorist \ ˈfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ist How to pronounce folklorist (audio) \ noun
folkloristic \ ˌfōk-​ˌlȯr-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce folkloristic (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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Visit the dramatic valley of Glen Coe and delve deep into Scottish folklore during an evening with a local storyteller. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 Indeed, many of Disney’s early classics are based on or inspired by fairytale storylines penned by the likes of Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, and other Western folklore writers. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Frozen II is Disney’s newest addition to its long history of dark fairytales," 12 June 2019 Bigfoot, described as an evolutionary link between humans and our ape ancestors, is a staple of indigenous American folklore who has miraculously survived into modernity. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The FBI has released 22 pages of its investigation into Bigfoot," 9 June 2019 For centuries, full moons have been steeped in folklore and traditions. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Create Your Own Full Moon Ritual, According to an Expert," 5 Mar. 2019 According to Variety, some of the songs will be inspired by Scandinavian folklore, after some of the new characters in the film. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Frozen 2"," 13 Feb. 2019 The ring of shoes pictured at Gryla’s fire toward the end of the episode could be a nod to the Yule Lads of folklore placing goodies into children's’ shoes in the days leading up to Yule/Christmas. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "10 Details in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale" You Might Have Missed," 14 Dec. 2018 An answer to the mystery is found both in folklore (the emperor’s new clothes) and in the pioneering work of Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky and others in behavioral economics, which points to the economic basis of much characteristic human unreason. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Electric Cars and Media Explained," 6 Nov. 2018 Those elements define his music too: a loose meld of American folklore, halcyon pop and free jazz. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 15 Feb. 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 How to pronounce folklore (audio) \

Kids Definition of folklore

: traditional customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings

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