1. (noun) A collection of stories that embody or explain the worldview of an individual or group (also called mythos).

Example: Greek mythology or Cherokee mythology.

2. (noun) The study of myths.

Audio Pronunciation: (my·thol·o·gy)

Download Audio Pronunciation: mythology.mp3

Usage Notes:

  • Plural: mythologies
  • A (noun) mythologist studies (adjective) mythic or (adjective) mythical or (adjective) mythological or (adjective) mythopoeic topics such as (verb) mythicizing or (verb) mythologizing which is the act of creating myths by a (noun) mythmaker using process called (noun) mythopoeia or (noun) mythogyms which are core components of myths, additionally a (noun) mythographer writes (noun) mythographies, which are compilations of myths.

Related Terms: 


Works Consulted

Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.

Farlex. (N.d.) Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus. Farlex. (

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (

Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (


How to Cite the Definition of Mythology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “mythology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 26, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

mythology. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “mythology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 26, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“mythology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 26 Jun. 2019. <>.