Other forms: lores

Lore is a body of knowledge or tradition that is passed down among members of a culture, usually orally. It's the lore in "folklore," and responsible for spreading the word on mythical figures like Santa Claus, Paul Bunyan, and even Uncle Sam.

Most lore begins as an oral tradition, passed on by word of mouth, and only later takes on a written form. We tend to think of lore as something centuries-old, as in the British Arthurian lore surrounding the doings of the mythical King Arthur and his court. However, newer lore — such as baseball lore — is constantly springing up. Humans need and love their lore.

Definitions of lore
  1. noun
    knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote
    “early peoples passed on plant and animal lore through legend”
    synonyms: traditional knowledge
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    old wives' tale
    a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth
    the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
    type of:
    cognitive content, content, mental object
    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
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