a modern story of obscure origin and with little or no supporting evidence that spreads spontaneously in varying forms and often has elements of humor, moralizing, or horror: Are there alligators living in the New York City sewer system, or is that just an urban legend?
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Origin of urban legend
First recorded in 1970–75
Also called urban myth.
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British Dictionary definitions for urban myth
a story, esp one with a shocking or amusing ending, related as having actually happened, usu. to someone vaguely connected with the teller
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