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 The Smithsonian and the USSR Ministry of Culture planned meetings of American and Soviet folklife scholars. Dr. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2022 Our view—that folklife and culture belonged to the people and was an exercise of their expressive freedom—was in basic contrast with just about all Soviet officials and most, but not all, of their scholarly colleagues. Dr. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2022 Spitzer served as a folklife specialist at the Smithsonian’s then-Office of Folklife Programs, now the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, between 1985 and 1990. Bill Adler, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Dec. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 23 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of folklife

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Folklife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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