What does folklore mean?

Definitions for folklore
ˈfoʊkˌlɔr, -ˌloʊrfolk·lore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. folklorenoun

    the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture

Wiktionary

  1. folklorenoun

    The tales, legends and superstitions of a particular ethnic population.

    Etymology: 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").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Folklore

    alt. of Folk lore

Freebase

  1. Folklore

    Folklore consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales, and customs that are the traditions of a culture, subculture, or group. It is also the set of practices through which those expressive genres are shared. The study of folklore is sometimes called folkloristics, and people who study folklore are sometimes referred to as "folklorists". The word "folklore" was first used by the English antiquarian William Thoms in a letter published in the London journal The Athenaeum in 1846. In usage, there is a continuum between folklore and mythology. Stith Thompson made a major attempt to index the motifs of both folklore and mythology, providing an outline into which new motifs can be placed, and scholars can keep track of all older motifs. Folklore can be divided into four areas of study: artifact, describable and transmissible entity, culture, and behavior. These areas do not stand alone, however, as often a particular item or element may fit into more than one of these areas.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Folklore

    The common orally transmitted traditions, myths, festivals, songs, superstitions, and stories of all peoples.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of folklore in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of folklore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of folklore in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    It's just a folklore that lightning would never strike the same place twice. Last year, on June 30, 2014, three skyscrapers from Chicago were struck by lightning 22 times - 10 strikes to the Sears (Willis) Tower, 8 to the Trump Tower, and 4 to the John Hancock Tower. So be assured that lightning can surely strike any location more than once, and probably at the same spot over and over again, given enough time. It may take as little as few seconds in a thunderstorm, or as long as millions of years - but lightning will eventually strike the same place twice. Be Safe out there!

  2. John Burrison:

    I think 'Murder Kroger' also reflects a fascination with crime and violence (as evidenced by the number of 'cop shows' on commercial TV, and in folklore, the large number of American murder ballads). I wouldn't call that fascination uniquely American, but ours is certainly a violent country compared with many others.

  3. Dos Anjos:

    Agents and the directors of football clubs have stopped players from using nicknames, if your name is Hulk then you will be painted green and made to look like your name. It is a way to neutralize any irony or folklore and make them seem more serious.

  4. Asya Engovatova:

    Batu Khans conquest was the greatest national tragedy, surpassing any other event in cruelty and destruction, it is not by chance that it is among the few such events that made its way into the Russian folklore.

  5. Toni Morrison:

    I also wanted to use black folklore, the magic and superstitious part of it, black people believe in magic. Once a woman asked me, Do you believe in ghosts ? I said,' Yes. Do you believe in germs ?' It's part of our heritage.

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