[ fohk-lawr, -lohr ]
/ ˈfoʊkˌlɔr, -ˌloʊr /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM folklorefolklorist, nounfolk·lor·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for folklore
/ (ˈfəʊkˌlɔː) /
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 folklorefolkloric, adjectivefolklorist, noun, adjectivefolkloristic, adjective
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Cultural definitions for 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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