myth Definition

a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.

Using myth: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "myth" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The myth of Pandora's box is well-known.

  • Example

    The ancient Greeks had many myths about their gods and goddesses.

  • Example

    The myth of the Loch Ness Monster has persisted for centuries.

myth Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for myth

Phrases with myth

  • a widely circulated but false story or belief with humorous or macabre elements, often having to do with particular places or groups of people


    The urban myth about alligators living in the sewers of New York City is not true.

  • a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it


    The creation myth of the Hopi people tells of their emergence from the underworld into the present world.

  • a creature from mythology, such as a dragon, unicorn, or griffin


    The Sphinx is a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion.


Summary: myth in Brief

A 'myth' [mith] is a traditional story that explains natural or social phenomena and often involves supernatural beings or events. Examples include the myth of Pandora's box and the creation myths of various cultures. 'Myth' can also be used in phrases like 'urban myth' and 'mythical creature,' and is synonymous with terms like 'legend' and 'folk tale.'

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