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 Russia's wish to use a patriotic Soviet-era folk song as a replacement anthem for the Tokyo Olympics was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday in further fallout from a years-long doping scandal. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 Russia’s wish to use a patriotic Soviet-era folk song as a replacement anthem for the Tokyo Olympics was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Geneva in further fallout from a years-long doping scandal. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Mar. 2021 Evans rose to viral fame earlier this month after posting TikTok videos performing traditional sea shanties, which are a type of folk song originally sung by sailors on large merchant ships. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, 22 Jan. 2021 The 1949 folk song is associated with Irish artists, like The Dubliners, and U2. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 18 Jan. 2021 Told through the inconsolable emotions of a father having lost a son, this epic of sadness from every musical vantage point becomes like a never-ending folk song from the beyond. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2020 Blunt's greatest challenge came in singing the Irish folk song that gives the film its title. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 16 Dec. 2020 Videos of Ramadan dancing to an Israeli folk song and more photos of him with Israelis were crisscrossing the social media universe. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2020 In no work is the power of folk song more apparent. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of folk song

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Folk song.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/folk%20song. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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folk song

noun

English Language Learners Definition of folk song

: a song created by the people of a country or region : a song sung in folk music

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