BrE rumor AmE [ˈru:mə US -ər] n [U and C]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: rumour, from Latin rumor]
1.) information or a story that is passed from one person to another and which may or may not be true
rumour about/of
I've heard all sorts of rumours about him and his secretary.
rumour that
There's an unsubstantiated rumour that Eddie's bankrupt.
Rumour has it that Jean's getting married again.
Where did the rumour start?
a rumour spreads/goes around
A malicious rumour went round that Philip had something to do with the murder.
2.) the rumour mill
the people, considered as a group, who discuss something and pass rumours to each other
His name has come up in the rumour mill as a possible director for the project.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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