folk song

noun

Definition of 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 This is listed as a alternative-rock/acoustic-rock/folk-punk/folk song on Wikipedia. Kris Holt, Forbes, 12 June 2022 It is based on a Swedish folk song and has rap influences. Serena Puang, BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2022 My task was to write a Colombian folk song that feels like it’s always existed. Paul Grein, Billboard, 6 Jan. 2022 My task was to write a Colombian folk song that feels like it’s always existed. Paul Grein, Billboard, 6 Jan. 2022 Spotify Singles cover version of the folk song — complete with guitars, drums and horns, frontwoman Michelle Zauner shines throughout this gorgeous rendition. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 1 Apr. 2022 Tough call between Eilish’s Bond theme and Miranda’s sweet folk song. Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 His cover of a Ukrainian folk song has recently gone viral. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 This classic American folk song was inspired by Guthrie's travels across the U.S., hitchhiking and hopping trains. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of folk song

1843, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Folk song.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/folk%20song. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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