folk music

noun

Definition of folk music

:the traditional music of the people in a country or region
  • Irish folk music
; also :a type of popular music that is based on traditional music and that does not use electric instruments

Word by Word Definitions

folk play
  1. : a group of kindred tribes forming a nation : people

  2. : the great proportion of the members of a people that determines the group character and that tends to preserve its characteristic form of civilization and its customs, arts and crafts, legends, traditions, and superstitions from generation to generation

  3. : a certain kind, class, or group of people

  1. : originating or traditional with the common people of a country or region and typically reflecting their lifestyle

  2. : of or relating to the common people or to the study of the common people

music play
  1. : the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity

  2. : vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony

  3. : an agreeable sound : euphony


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