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folklore

[fohk-lawr, -lohr]
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noun
  1. the traditional beliefs, legends, customs, etc., of a people; lore of a people.
  2. the study of such lore.
  3. a body of widely held but false or unsubstantiated beliefs.

Origin of folklore

1846; folk + lore1; coined by English scholar and antiquary William John Thoms (1803–85)
Related formsfolk·lor·ist, nounfolk·lor·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for folklorist

Historical Examples

  • Only recently has she been indicated as her nation's first folklorist and feminist!

    Brazilian Tales

    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

  • There is still to notice the unsatisfactory attitude of the folklorist.

  • The Folklorist is not unnaturally jealous of what, in some degree, looks like Folk-Lore.

    Little Johannes

    Frederik van Eeden

  • Mannhardt's method was more that of the folklorist than the philologist.

  • Afanasiev, Alexander Nicolaievitsh, Russian folklorist, born in 1826.


British Dictionary definitions for folklorist

folklore

noun
  1. the unwritten literature of a people as expressed in folk tales, proverbs, riddles, songs, etc
  2. the body of stories and legends attached to a particular place, group, activity, etcHollywood folklore; rugby folklore
  3. the anthropological discipline concerned with the study of folkloric materials
Derived Formsfolkloric, adjectivefolklorist, noun, adjectivefolkloristic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for folklorist

n.

1881, from folklore + -ist.

folklore

n.

1846, coined by antiquarian William J. Thoms (1803-1885) as an Anglo-Saxonism (replacing popular antiquities) and first published in the "Athenaeum" of Aug. 22, 1846, from folk + lore. Old English folclar meant "homily."

This word revived folk in a modern sense of "of the common people, whose culture is handed down orally," and opened up a flood of compound formations, e.g. folk art (1892), folk-hero (1874), folk-medicine (1877), folk-tale/folk tale (1850; Old English folctalu meant "genealogy"), folk-song (1847), folk singer (1876), folk-dance (1877).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

folklorist in Culture

folklore

Traditional stories and legends, transmitted orally (rather than in writing) from generation to generation. The stories of Paul Bunyan are examples of American folklore.

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