[ mith ]
/ mɪθ /


a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.
stories or matter of this kind: realm of myth.
any invented story, idea, or concept: His account of the event is pure myth.
an imaginary or fictitious thing or person.
an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.

Nearby words

  1. mystified,
  2. mystify,
  3. mystique,
  4. mysuru,
  5. mytacism,
  6. myth.,
  7. mythic,
  8. mythical,
  9. mythically,
  10. mythicize

Origin of myth

1820–30; < Late Latin mȳthos < Greek mŷthos story, word

1. See legend. 3. fiction, fantasy, talltale.

Related formscoun·ter·myth, noun

Can be confusedfable legend myth (see synonym study at legend)

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British Dictionary definitions for myth


/ (mɪθ) /


  1. a story about superhuman beings of an earlier age taken by preliterate society to be a true account, usually of how natural phenomena, social customs, etc, came into existence
  2. another word for mythology (def. 1), mythology (def. 3)
a person or thing whose existence is fictional or unproven
(in modern literature) a theme or character type embodying an ideaHemingway's myth of the male hero
philosophy (esp in the writings of Plato) an allegory or parable

Word Origin for myth

C19: via Late Latin from Greek muthos fable, word


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Word Origin and History for myth


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