Definitions

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

  • n. Myth.
  • n. Mythology.
  • n. The pattern of basic values and attitudes of a people, characteristically transmitted through myths and the arts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group.
  • n. Anything delivered by word of mouth: a word, speech, conversation, or similar; a story, tale, or legend, especially a poetic tale.
  • n. A tale, story, or narrative, usually verbally transmitted, or otherwise recorded into the written form from an alleged secondary source.

Etymologies

Greek mūthos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek μῦθος (muthos, "report”, “tale”, “story"). (Wiktionary)

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