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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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 Winter Katherine Arden made out extremely well with her debut novel The Bear and the Nightingale and its followup, The Girl in the Tower, the first two installments in a fantasy trilogy loosely inspired by Russian folklore. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 There’s too much plot to summarize all of it here, but in brief: Agnieszka is a peasant girl in a fantasy kingdom loosely inspired by Eastern European folklore. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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