- Folklore is defined as stories, customs and beliefs in a culture that are unwritten and passed down orally from generation to generation.
An example of folklore is a story about where their family came from told to a grandchild by his grandma.
folklore definition by Webster's New World
- all of the unwritten traditional beliefs, legends, sayings, customs, etc. of a culture
- the study and scientific investigation of these
Origin: folk plush lore: suggested (1846) by W. J. Thoms (1803-85), Eng antiquary, to replace earlier popular antiquities
folklore definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally.
- The comparative study of folk knowledge and culture. Also called folkloristics.
- a. A body of widely accepted but usually specious notions about a place, a group, or an institution: Rumors of their antics became part of the folklore of Hollywood.b. A popular but unfounded belief.
- folkˈlorˌic adjective
- folkˈlorˌish adjective
- folkˈlorˌist noun
- folkˌlor·isˈtic adjective
folklore - Cultural Definition
Traditional stories and legends, transmitted orally (rather than in writing) from generation to generation. The stories of Paul Bunyan are examples of American folklore.