What does folklore mean?

Definitions for folklore
ˈfoʊkˌlɔr, -ˌloʊrfolk·lore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. folklore(noun)

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


  1. folklore(Noun)

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

  2. Origin: 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


  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. Benoit Limbos:

    This is my folklore, it is as simple as that. For me it is very rewarding to be part of a folklore that I heard and saw when I was a kid.

  2. Francesco Andoli:

    This is not a question of folklore, it is about culture, our identity, our dignity as a people that has shown we can look after our saint ourselves.

  3. Peter F. Drucker, People and Performance:

    Management" means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folklore and superstition, and of cooperation for force. . .

  4. Elizabeth Murray:

    You can understand why a family member would do anything to make it stop, just like fever or other medical conditions, there are remedies or potentially folklore that can be passed down.

  5. 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.

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