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
Rumi's masterpiece, the Mathnawi, is a fantastical, oceanic mishmash of folktales, philosophical speculation and lyric ebullience in which the worldly and the otherworldly, the secular and the sacred, blend constantly.
Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor has never been so silly as in this slapstick variation of the folktale about a bow-bearing noble bandit.
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.
Story time Local theater troupe The Betsy Stage has a little sister company, The BiTSY Stage (1137 S. Huron St., Denver), which adapts international folktales into rich, family-friendly productions.
An Uncertain Future This June, the government ratified three UNESCO conventions to protect monuments, intangible heritage—including folktales and dances—and cultural diversity.
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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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