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 On a sultry Friday afternoon, an upbeat folk song yodels from the speakers at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, about 35 miles south of Seoul. NBC News, "Inside a South Korean theme park that refused to let COVID-19 shut it down," 11 June 2020 When Bea brings home a man, Erica sings Dutch folk songs outside the bedroom. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 25 May 2020 Allegranti told CBS News his friend sent him the video of quarantined residents singing the folk song. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Video shows quarantined Italians singing together from their windows while country is on lockdown," 13 Mar. 2020 Oberst and Bridgers both write frank and anxious folk songs that are preoccupied with death and spiritual decay. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Phoebe Bridgers’s Frank, Anxious Music," 17 May 2020 The Bedouins sang folk songs and danced, smiling curiously at the crowd, until Stephanie hooked up her laptop to a Bluetooth speaker, which started blasting out Britney Spears. Sheila Marikar, 1843, "Arab millennials have a new favourite fashion brand," 7 May 2020 With gatherings banned, Italians celebrated the 75th anniversary of their liberation from occupation forces in World War II, emerging on balconies or rooftops at the same time to sing a folk song linked to resistance fighters. Kate Brumback, BostonGlobe.com, "Global virus death toll tops 200,000 as some lockdowns eased," 25 Apr. 2020 With gatherings banned, Italians celebrated the 75th anniversary of their liberation from occupation forces in World War II, emerging on balconies or rooftops at the same time to sing a folk song linked to resistance fighters. oregonlive, "Global coronavirus death toll passes 200,000 amid efforts to ease lockdowns," 25 Apr. 2020 The name Katyusha, which is the Russian diminutive for Ekaterina, or Catherine, was the title of a popular folk song during World War II; the name was affixed to large artillery rockets fired by the Red Army because its actual name was secret. John Ismay, New York Times, "In Iraq Attack, a Rudimentary Insurgent Tactic Allows Little Defense," 12 Mar. 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 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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