Definition of folklore in English:



mass noun
  • 1The traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth.

    • ‘Such political implications in popular culture suggest a direction of considerable importance for feminism and for folklore studies.’
    • ‘I can save the researchers many years of time by passing on the folklore of the area.’
    • ‘The folklore festival and training camp for children is full of activities that connect them with the past.’
    • ‘Some jingles have entered the folklore of the nation.’
    • ‘The time is the 1920s, and Hurston the character is in town to collect local folklore.’
    • ‘So there's a lot of folklore surrounding the notion of flu shots making you sick.’
    • ‘Social investigators concentrated on the social problems of the south, whereas folklore collectors often focused on the north.’
    • ‘Her Artwork is informed by an interest in the folklore traditions associated with landscape.’
    • ‘Much of the international folklore scholarship in those years was conducted in German.’
    • ‘The brass band played traditional army marches as well as folklore motifs and jazz pieces.’
    • ‘Here he encouraged students to collect folklore from their home communities and established an archive for the material.’
    • ‘The folklore corpus has been used by historians and anthropologists alike as a historical source.’
    • ‘The first concerns social historians' attitudes towards the folklore corpus.’
    • ‘Anne has been collecting stories and information from old people for the folklore collection.’
    • ‘Ancient folklore has it that even Setanta was legless more than once.’
    • ‘The official figure was fifteen rebels dead, but later local folklore had it as high as seventy.’
    • ‘Both have collected folklore from Bab for the past three decades.’
    • ‘Today, he is largely forgotten as a folklore collector and his publications are little known or read.’
    • ‘A number of essays are especially relevant for folklore studies.’
    • ‘Myth, folklore and inaccuracy cloud this event, yet it still has the potency to cause controversy.’
    mythology, lore, oral history, tradition, folk tradition
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    1. 1.1 A body of popular myths or beliefs relating to a particular place, activity, or group of people.
      ‘Hollywood folklore’
      • ‘In any case the cricket folklore among this cricket crazy populace stands to be enriched.’
      • ‘There is no doubt had he been given the opportunity, he would have written himself into Australian cricket folklore.’
      • ‘Probably the most well-known twentieth-century trickster, Shine is an epic figure in African American folklore.’
      • ‘They will also be claiming a place in football folklore.’
      • ‘The album's tracks are a contemporary interpretation of Bulgarian folklore and Orthodox music.’
      • ‘It was not widely supported when it began, but because of the way its leaders were treated, it has passed into Irish folklore.’
      • ‘Devi's life story, which has revolved around caste conflicts, has entered Indian folklore.’
      • ‘It consists of a systematic survey of the lake monster theme in the legends and popular folklore of Québec.’
      • ‘The scoreline shook the rugby world and gave Otley an indelible place in rugby union folklore.’
      • ‘With that one remarkable delivery Warne has carved his name in cricket folklore.’
      • ‘Dazzling feats from the turbo-charged toes of Michael Owen have yielded many unforgettable moments in football folklore.’
      • ‘In Bulgarian folklore tradition, masked games serve as ritual blessings for good health, fertility and well-being.’
      • ‘Two popular supernatural figures in Iraqi folklore are the Tanttel and the Su'luwwa.’
      • ‘Her favourite Bulgarian band is D2, and she has an ear for the tunes of traditional Bulgarian folklore.’
      • ‘Narratives in the Bible and Native American folklore are prime examples.’
      • ‘African folklore has extolled water in the highest esteem.’
      • ‘Jewish folklore suggests it adds strength while fasting.’
      • ‘Expect plenty of Russian folklore and myth and a chance to sing Russian Christmas song Father First.’
      • ‘In American folklore, however, the same activity is associated with modern Greeks.’
      • ‘Hurston's ethnography of African American folklore and folkways was published in 1935.’


Mid 19th century: from folk + lore.