Definition of folklore in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfōklôr/


1The traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth.
Example sentences
  • The time is the 1920s, and Hurston the character is in town to collect local folklore.
  • The official figure was fifteen rebels dead, but later local folklore had it as high as seventy.
  • Ancient folklore has it that even Setanta was legless more than once.
mythology, lore, oral history, tradition, folk tradition;
legends, fables, myths, folk tales, folk stories, old wives' tales;
1.1A body of popular myth and beliefs relating to a particular place, activity, or group of people: Hollywood folklore
More example sentences
  • Expect plenty of Russian folklore and myth and a chance to sing Russian Christmas song Father First.
  • It consists of a systematic survey of the lake monster theme in the legends and popular folklore of Québec.
  • Two popular supernatural figures in Iraqi folklore are the Tanttel and the Su'luwwa.



Pronunciation: /-ˌlôrik/
Example sentences
  • This instrument is deeply and lovingly ingrained into the folkloric traditions of its people.
  • No analysis connects themes to their historical context, literary tropes, or traditional folkloric continuums.
  • The Congo is rich in folkloric tradition, and generalizations are difficult in a country with dozens of ethnic groups.


Pronunciation: /ˈfōkˌlôrəst/
Example sentences
  • Quite frankly, the explanations from natural historians, folklorists and fossil experts are as strange as Kipling's fictional accounts.
  • Seán, who died at the age of 93 in 1966, was one of Ireland's most renowned folklorists.
  • According to folklorists, the play in Thrissur is almost a century old.


Pronunciation: /ˌfōkləˈristik/
Example sentences
  • The limerick is a fixed-phrase folkloristic genre, meaning that the reciter performs a given text exactly verbatim each time s/he narrates it.
  • It additionally contributes important new pieces to the anthropological and folkloristic study of many different segments of Northern Irish society.
  • The story is about cultural beliefs, which are the essence of folkloristic transmission.


Mid 19th century: from folk + lore1.

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Syllabification: folk·lore

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