- a traditional story of unknown authorship, ostensibly with a historical basis, but serving usually to explain some phenomenon of nature, the origin of man, or the customs, institutions, religious rites, etc. of a people: myths usually involve the exploits of gods and heroes
- such stories collectively; mythology
- any popular concept or belief regarded as baseless, unscientific, etc.
- any imaginary person or thing spoken of as though existing
Origin of mythLate Latin mythos from Gr, a word, speech, story, legend