urban legend

noun
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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

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First Known Use of urban legend

1968


URBAN LEGEND Defined for English Language Learners

urban legend

noun

Definition of urban legend for English Language Learners

  • : a story about an unusual event or occurrence that many people believe is true but that is not true


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