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 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 Taranto residents sung from their homes, and a viral video that has more than 2 million views shows Italians singing a traditional folk song in harmony from their balconies in Siena. NBC News, "Anxious travelers rushing home to US amid travel ban," 14 Mar. 2020 By synthesizing an array of influences — Sudanese music, classical music, Celtic folk songs and R&B balladry — her lyrics narrate a quest to make the unconscious conscious. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 9 Mar. 2020 Art songs dream of becoming pop songs and pop songs dream of becoming folk songs, too familiar to need an author. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Pleasure and Pain of Being Cole Porter," 13 Jan. 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 6 Jun. 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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