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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Recent Examples on the Web She is known for her use of relief prints, created using the process of the linocut and inspired by meteoric folklore as well as alchemical symbolism. New York Times, "RACHeL KushNer," 8 July 2020 As Tye points out immediately, McCarthy is part of a comparatively tiny cast of characters in American civic folklore who are characterized as purely evil – as cautionary tales. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "Senator Joe McCarthy: The original polarizing political figure," 7 July 2020 Ford Hamp's husband, Steve, got his bachelor of arts degree in American history from Butler, a master of arts degree in folklore and folklife from Indiana and his master of museum practice degree from Michigan. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Who is Sheila Ford Hamp? Meet the Detroit Lions' new owner, tennis champion and Yale grad," 23 June 2020 Much of the folklore surrounding nature and survival is transparently false. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "8 Survival Myths That Could Get You Killed," 22 June 2020 That forces the lad not only to believe all that folklore he was taught but put those lessons to use, with some remarkable help from a visiting fairy Holly (Lara McDonnell) and an oversized dwarf (Josh Gad, literally chewing up scenery). Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Artemis Fowl' really wants to be the next Harry Potter," 12 June 2020 No fairy-tale figure is safe; even the beloved wish-granting Golden Fish of Slavic children’s folklore is killed by an antisubmarine... Maria Reva, WSJ, "Five Best: Maria Reva on Life Behind the Iron Curtain," 5 June 2020 What Swanson discovered during his research is that Callahan, for one, symbolized the Maginot line between myth and reality that permeates Rangers’ folklore. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "The Texas Rangers didn’t invent police brutality, says the author of a new book, ‘they perfected it’," 4 June 2020 Contrary to most of American folklore, the Founding Fathers were not a supernaturally wise monolith. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Police Were a Mistake," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of folklore

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jul 2020

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“Folklore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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) \

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: traditional customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings

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