urban legend


Definition of urban legend

: an often lurid story or anecdote that is based on hearsay and widely circulated as true the urban legend of alligators living in the sewers

called also urban myth

Examples of urban legend in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bad guy here is known simply as the Grabber, a child-snatching psychopath of the sort found in urban legend and, unfortunately, on the front pages of newspapers. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 That’s another urban legend about the dissension on the choice of song. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 14 Feb. 2022 But talk of the character inspiring violent games and actions is something of an urban legend. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 An urban legend about a girl in a communion dress brought to the big screen in this revenge thriller. Emilio Mayorga, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 That urban legend is really cruel and unfair to Marisa. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2022 As the urban legend goes, those driving vehicles painted red tend to receive the most speeding tickets. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 The urban legend that frequent cuts make hair grow faster is simply untrue. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 22 Oct. 2021 An urban legend arose among residents about a murderous supernatural creature with a hook for a hand; and, yes, the hook was part of the murderousness. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of urban legend

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Urban legend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urban%20legend. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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