Folklore Definition

fōklôr
noun
All of the unwritten traditional beliefs, legends, sayings, customs, etc. of a culture.
Webster's New World
The study and scientific investigation of these.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
A popular but unfounded belief.
American Heritage
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Origin of Folklore

  • compound of folk + lore, coined in 1846 by William Thoms to replace terms such as "popular antiquities". Thoms imitated German terms such as Volksüberlieferung ("popular tradition").

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