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 series is executive produced by none other than Evil Dead franchise overlord Sam Raimi and features chilling tales based on urban legends from all across the U.S., with each installment corresponding to a particular state. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Quibi scares up trailer for Sam Raimi's 50 States of Fright," 3 Apr. 2020 Dropping Mentos candies into Diet Coke is one of the most popular urban legends and home experiments. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Scientists Conduct the Mentos and Diet Coke Experiment at 14,000 Feet," 3 Apr. 2020 Those pieces may be true or may have as much truth as urban legends. H. Colleen Sinclair, The Conversation, "10 ways to spot online misinformation," 27 Mar. 2020 All the social change in the 1970s fed the creation of urban legends, argues sociologist Jefferey S. Victor. CNN, "A brief history of poisoned Halloween candy panic," 30 Oct. 2019 Text messages, forwarded on messaging services like WhatsApp, pushed an urban legend that some people had cured themselves of the virus with whiskey or industrial-strength alcohol. NBC News, "Facebook ads, conspiracy theorists pushed bleach consumption and UV ray cures," 24 Apr. 2020 Despite a persistent urban legend about the U.S. interstate highway system, engineers didn't design American roads with airplanes in mind. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Just an Airplane Casually Landing in the Middle of a Busy Highway," 20 Apr. 2020 Indeed, Michael Bloomberg’s daughter became a recurrent character in what was now the beginning of Covid-19’s urban legend phase. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "The Rich Have a Coronavirus Cure: Escape From New York," 14 Mar. 2020 Kseniya OvchinnikovaGetty Images Gel manicures are the source of many a beauty urban legend. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Are Gel Manicures Actually Bad for Your Nails?," 11 Mar. 2020

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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 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of urban legend

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

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