Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[mi-thol-uh-jee] /mɪˈθɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural mythologies.
a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person:
Greek mythology.
myths collectively.
the science or study of myths.
a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with a particular group or the history of an event, arising naturally or deliberately fostered:
the Fascist mythology of the interwar years.
Origin of mythology
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English mythologie < Late Latin mȳthologia < Greek mȳthología. See mytho-, -logy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for mythology
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • It is not so with the new fables which the Greeks are continually mixing with their mythology.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • May not this hare of the Indian mythology be the moon-dog of some of our own legends?


    Benjamin Taylor
  • His mythology, when he came to paint the world in myths, was Manichean.

  • Like mythology, Greek philosophy has a tendency to personify ideas.

    Sophist Plato
  • For Plato is in advance of his age in his conception of language, as much as he is in his conception of mythology.

    Cratylus Plato
British Dictionary definitions for mythology


noun (pl) -gies
a body of myths, esp one associated with a particular culture, institution, person, etc
a body of stories about a person, institution, etc: the mythology of Hollywood
myths collectively
the study or collecting of myths
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for mythology

early 15c., "exposition of myths," from Middle French mythologie and directly from Late Latin mythologia, from Greek mythologia "legendary lore, a telling of mythic legends; a legend, story, tale," from mythos "myth" (of unknown origin) + -logy "study." Meaning "a body of myths" first recorded 1781.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
mythology in Culture

mythology definition

The body of myths belonging to a culture. Myths are traditional stories about gods and heroes. They often account for the basic aspects of existence — explaining, for instance, how the Earth was created, why people have to die, or why the year is divided into seasons. Classical mythology — the myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans — has had an enormous influence on European and American culture.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for mythology

Word Value for mythology

Scrabble Words With Friends