folklore

[fohk-lawr, -lohr]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. folkething,
  2. folketing,
  3. folkie,
  4. folkish,
  5. folklife,
  6. folkloric,
  7. folklorico,
  8. folklorist,
  9. folkloristics,
  10. folkmoot

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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British Dictionary definitions for folklorist

folklore

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 Formsfolkloric, adjectivefolklorist, noun, adjectivefolkloristic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for folklorist
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Culture definitions for folklorist

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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