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 The track is based on a folk song recorded several years ago among villagers in central Ukraine, to which the band added drums and synths. Daria Mitiuk Brendan Hoffman, New York Times, 5 June 2024 Middlebury College Collections on JSTOR Middlebury Colleges shares more than 75,000 items in twenty public collections that include photo negatives, postcards, letters, yearbooks, periodicals, folk songs, and maps on JSTOR. Matthew Wills, JSTOR Daily, 8 May 2024 Ronstadt had a decades-long career singing everything from rock and country music to Mexican folk songs and opera, with everyone from her early band the Stone Poneys to her Trio sisters Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. Justin Curto, Vulture, 4 Mar. 2024 Balboa became an exercise of fresh new folk songs that Herce recorded in Los Angeles, co-produced alongside Aureo Baqueiro. Diego Ortiz, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for folk song 

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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folk song

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

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