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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A body or collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes.
  • n. A body of myths associated with an event, individual, or institution: "A new mythology, essential to the . . . American funeral rite, has grown up” ( Jessica Mitford).
  • n. The field of scholarship dealing with the systematic collection and study of myths.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes.
  • n. A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.
  • n. Pervasive elements of a fictional universe that resemble a mythological universe.
  • n. The systematic collection and study of myths.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths.
  • n. A body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of myths; the science which investigates myths with a view to their interpretation and to discover the degree of relationship existing between the myths of different peoples; also, the description or history of myths.
  • n. A system of myths or fables in which are embodied the convictions of a people in regard to their origin, divinities, heroes, founders, etc. See myth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person
  • n. the study of myths

Etymologies

French mythologie, from Late Latin mȳthologia, from Greek mūthologiā, story-telling : mūthos, story + -logiā, -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in English in 1412. From Middle French mythologie, from Latin mythologia, from Ancient Greek μυθολογία (muthologia, "legend") μυθολογέω (muthologeō, "I tell tales"), from μυθολόγος (muthologos, "legend"), from μῦθος (muthos, "story") + λέγω (legō, "I say"). (Wiktionary)

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