folk song


Definition of folk song

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

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The paintings were spare and haunting, like folk songs. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Judy Chicago, the Godmother," 7 Feb. 2018 The program includes songs of the Easter Season and Pentecost as well as spirituals, folk songs and patriotic hymns. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democratic Club hosts Campa-Najjar... community events this weekend," 7 June 2019 The Hemons take solace in what remains: food, Ukrainian folk songs, Petar’s beekeeping practice (a hobby that crops up again and again in Hemon’s fiction). Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019 Ambos begins to whistle a German folk song into a microphone, while Taylor uses scissors to cut great pieces off of Joss’s gown. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How Sackler Became the Most Toxic Name in Philanthropy," 16 May 2019 So there’s a song in Cold War that evolves over time — a folk song that comes to be very meaningful to the story. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "“I wanted to make it a beautiful disaster”: Pawel Pawlikowski on his new film Cold War," 21 Dec. 2018 In its first European competition in decades, Seattle Girls Choir took second place — out of 11 competing choirs — in the children’s folk song choir category at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Girls Choir takes a second-place honor at European cultural festival," 9 July 2018 Though the score evokes spirituals, jazz, folk songs, ragtime and Dixieland, the elements of musical theater came through most strongly in this performance, led with brio by Stephen Lord. New York Times, "A Soldier’s Racially Charged Suicide Becomes a Powerful Opera," 13 June 2018 Since 1871, the group has serenaded audiences with folk songs, love songs, show tunes, sea chanteys, and semi-classical music. Kathy Shiels Tully,, "A heartfelt version of ‘Calendar Girls’ in Stoneham," 25 May 2018

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1843, in the meaning defined above

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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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