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folklore

[fohk-lawr, -lohr] /ˈfoʊkˌlɔr, -ˌloʊr/
noun
1.
the traditional beliefs, legends, customs, etc., of a people; lore of a people.
2.
the study of such lore.
3.
a body of widely held but false or unsubstantiated beliefs.
Origin
1846
1846; folk + lore; coined by English scholar and antiquary William John Thoms (1803-85)
Related forms
folklorist, noun
folkloristic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for folklores

folklore

/ˈfəʊkˌlɔː/
noun
1.
the unwritten literature of a people as expressed in folk tales, proverbs, riddles, songs, etc
2.
the body of stories and legends attached to a particular place, group, activity, etc Hollywood folklore, rugby folklore
3.
the anthropological discipline concerned with the study of folkloric materials
Derived Forms
folkloric, adjective
folklorist, noun, adjective
folkloristic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for folklores
folklore
1846, coined by antiquarian William J. Thoms (1803-1885) as an Anglo-Saxonism (replacing popular antiquaries) and first published in the "Athenaeum" of Aug. 22, 1846, from folk + lore. This word revived folk in a modern sense of "of the common people, whose culture is handed down orally," and opened up a flood of compound formations, eg. folk art (1921), folk-hero (1899), folk-medicine (1898), folk-tale/folk tale (1891), folk-song (1847), folk-dance (1912).
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Traditional stories and legends, transmitted orally (rather than in writing) from generation to generation. The stories of Paul Bunyan are examples of American folklore.

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