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folklore

[ fohk-lawr, -lohr ]
/ ˈfoʊkˌlɔr, -ˌloʊr /
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noun
the traditional beliefs, legends, customs, etc., of a people; lore of a people.
the study of such lore.
a body of widely held but false or unsubstantiated beliefs.
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Origin of folklore

1846; folk + lore1; coined by English scholar and antiquary William John Thoms (1803–85)

OTHER WORDS FROM folklore

folklorist, nounfolk·lor·is·tic, adjective
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How to use folklore in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for folklore

folklore
/ (ˈfəʊkˌlɔː) /

noun
the unwritten literature of a people as expressed in folk tales, proverbs, riddles, songs, etc
the body of stories and legends attached to a particular place, group, activity, etcHollywood folklore; rugby folklore
the anthropological discipline concerned with the study of folkloric materials

Derived forms of folklore

folkloric, adjectivefolklorist, noun, adjectivefolkloristic, adjective
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Cultural definitions for folklore

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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