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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Every recipe, and the opening of every chapter, packs in the folklore and cultural background for each dish. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "I Came for the Lamb Recipes, I Stayed for the Best Cookbook Writing of the Year," 13 June 2019 The findings shed light on the local folklore and fragmentary scholarship surrounding the Carricks shipwreck, Côté said. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A storm exposed children’s bones on a Canadian beach, reviving a 170-year-old mystery," 13 June 2019 Visit an exhibition detailing the geology and folklore of the glen, then warm up with an ale at a cozy inn favored by climbers and hillwalkers trekking the West Highland Way. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 The archetype of the witch, carried through centuries of pop-culture and folklore, is a divisive character. Gabriela Herstik, Glamour, "I'm a Modern Witch, and I Love Chilling Adventures of Sabrina So Much," 26 Oct. 2018 Across history and folklore, the question of where Earth’s gold came from — and maybe how to get more of it — has invited fantastical explanation. Quanta Magazine, "A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold," 23 Mar. 2017 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

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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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