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 There's a lot of references to Middle Eastern folklore and that kind of stuff. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Habibi Draws on Iranian TV for Empowering 'Gypsy Love' Video: Premiere," 11 July 2018 In the midst of a war driven by extreme nationalism, Beach resituated folklore in a context seeming to emphasize music’s inherent intangibility: an art too elusive for borders or labels. Matthew Guerrieri,, "Irish themes, reimagined in music," 1 Aug. 2019 Himalaya and Lizhi allow both individual users and official publishers to upload a range of content, with business commentary and folklore stories from different parts of China usually attracting the most listeners. Jane Li, Quartz, "China is cracking down on podcasts for this surprising reason," 2 July 2019 Faith Salie reports on how the folklore of mermaids got its legs as a feature of modern stories, movies, Coney Island, and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 11)," 8 Aug. 2019 Mermaids appear in the folklore of cultures worldwide, including Africa, Europe, Turkey, Egypt and Asia. Karina Bland, azcentral, "A black Ariel? Why not. Kids want to see themselves in stories and movies," 11 July 2019 That sort of thing is part of the folklore of the Bay Area. Carl Nolte,, "A hot day in San Francisco? That’s earthquake weather," 15 June 2019 Pickens personified the swashbuckling Texan oilman of folklore. Cyrus Sanati, Fortune, "How Legendary ‘Raider’ T. Boone Pickens Changed the Oil Business—and Every Business," 14 Sep. 2019 On 12 September 2009, Emmanuel Adebayor wrote himself into Premier League folklore with one of the most hilarious/despicable (delete as appropriate) celebrations ever witnessed in the division since its 1992 inception., "8 of the Most Controversial Celebrations in Football History," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of folklore

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of folklore was in 1846

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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) \

Kids Definition of folklore

: traditional customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings

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