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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Combining elements of realism, fantasy and folklore, Song of Solomon is one of Morrison’s most lauded works. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Where to Start If You Haven't Read Enough of Toni Morrison's Books," 6 Aug. 2019 Many names for full moons come from Native American and other folklore around the world, with each full moon generating more than one name. Mark Peters, BostonGlobe.com, "Naming the full moon," 31 Mar. 2018 The big, beautiful brick red book features 550 regional home cooking recipes with food rituals and folklore collected over 30 years. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "5 things about chef Musa Dağdeviren you may not have learned on Netflix’s ‘Chef’s Table’," 20 Aug. 2019 According to local folklore, its first residents were Ukrainians who had ultimately hoped to reach the United States (but missed their boat), and Moldovans who had fallen out with a landowner in another area. New York Times, "And Then There Was One: Three People Lived in This Village Until Two Were Murdered.," 15 July 2019 But in a a nod to Minnesota folklore, the attraction also includes a cameo from Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "America's top log flume rides: Five of our favorites, from Splash Mountain to Ripsaw Falls," 17 June 2019 In each thrilling episode of Lore, host Aaron Mahnke delves into folklore surrounding a different superstition. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "These Podcasts Will Satisfy Your Craving For Making A Murderer," 15 June 2019 And from pop culture to folklore, witchcraft is often depicted as arcane and dark, a world of bubbling cauldrons and crystal balls. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 Schwartz’s stories, culled from folklore and urban legend, are mostly just a page or two. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Scary Stories’ is a likable Frankenstein of a movie," 8 Aug. 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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