folk song


: a traditional or composed song typically characterized by stanzaic form, refrain, and simplicity of melody

Examples of folk song in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roger Whittaker, a British singer whose easy-listening ballads and folk songs caught the sentiments of perfect summer days and last farewells, touching the hearts of mainly older fans across Europe and America for four decades, died on Sep. 12 in a hospital near Toulouse, in the south of France. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 The group of three male singers will sing classic 1960s folk songs. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2023 In it, Daniels shares meaningful memories, tells funny anecdotes, acts out vignettes from his scripts and imagination, and performs the contemporary folk songs that have given him a side gig as a singer-songwriter. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 7 Sep. 2023 Dating from 1923, his Five Pieces for String Quartet sound like an edgier Czech parallel to Bartók’s transformations of Hungarian and Romanian folk songs and dances. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 6 July 2023 Whenever there’s a pause in the action, a folk song will occupy our time. Odie Henderson,, 25 May 2023 Anthony’s folk song, released August 8, quickly caught on in right-wing circles for its lyrics criticizing taxes, inflation, and welfare (controversially), and those titular rich men are politicians in Washington. Vulture, 21 Aug. 2023 Hundreds of people in Cincinnati sang folk songs and put on one final show for their friend, Jerry Springer. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 9 June 2023 Nearby, a bearded man in a folding chair strummed his guitar, playing praise music and folk songs. Linda K. Wertheimer, The New Republic, 30 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of folk song was in 1843

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“Folk song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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folk song

: a traditional or composed song typically having stanzas, a refrain, and a simple melody

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