folk·​life | \ ˈfōk-ˌlīf How to pronounce folklife (audio) \

Definition of folklife

: the traditions, activities, skills, and products (such as handicrafts) of a particular people or group

Examples of folklife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ford Hamp's husband, Steve, got his bachelor of arts degree in American history from Butler, a master of arts degree in folklore and folklife from Indiana and his master of museum practice degree from Michigan. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Who is Sheila Ford Hamp? Meet the Detroit Lions' new owner, tennis champion and Yale grad," 23 June 2020 Many people got up and placed a rose, among them Jennifer A. Cutting, a specialist the folklife center and 32-year veteran of the library. Washington Post, "The Library of Congress will house the archives of the famous AIDS quilt," 21 Nov. 2019 Bowling Green: The Kentucky Folklife Program at Western Kentucky University is looking for proposals for articles and other pieces documenting the state’s folklife. USA TODAY, "Bye-bye to Bei Bei, reverse bank robbery, squirrel survey: News from around our 50 states," 18 Nov. 2019 Folklife is also celebrating the 20th birthday of Seattle Center’s Festál, which honors various community traditions, including the Diwali Festival of Lights, Brasilfest, Festival Sundiata and the Iranian Festival. Paul De Barros, The Seattle Times, "2018 Northwest Folklife Festival in danger of being canceled," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of folklife

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Folklife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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