Definition of folktale
: a characteristically anonymous, timeless, and placeless tale circulated orally among a people
Examples of folktale in a Sentence
West African folktales that continue to be passed from generation to generation through storytelling.
Recent Examples of folktale from the Web
So important is traditional verbal arts to the literary tradition that both William Butler Yeats and Italo Calvino spent decades documenting, editing and publishing collections of folktales.
Perkins is a tribal storyteller and teacher, sharing the folktales of the Mobilian people.
Apart from inspiring folktales, people with Williams also may have been in demand as court jesters in medieval and Renaissance Europe.
Typing: People with and without Parkinson's were asked to listen to a folktale and transcribe it by typing.
Folktales and royal texts are replete with mynahs, parrots, and pigeons that adorned imperial courts and entertained wealthy families.
In fact, scientists didn’t confirm that Brazilian bearded capuchins naturally used stone tools in the wild until 2004, despite centuries’ worth of folktales and anecdotal reports.
There’s an old-fashioned, defanged feel to the stories, as if estrangement had been collared and corralled into the safe confines of a folktale.
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First Known Use of folktale
FOLKTALE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of folktale for English Language Learners
: a traditional story
FOLKTALE Defined for Kids
Definition of folktale for Students
: a story made up and handed down by the common people
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