folktale

noun
folk·​tale | \ ˈfōk-ˌtāl How to pronounce folktale (audio) \

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.

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His art is infused with colorful abstract geometric shapes and patterns influenced by music and his individual interpretation of folktales from the African Diaspora. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 This kind of problem also plagues the mise-en-scene of this mostly soberly told folktale of sorts, which somehow contains some shots that are more surreal. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'You Will Die at Twenty' ('Satamoto Fel Eshreen'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 This is a useful conceit, given that the source material is a compilation of very short, unrelated folktales. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," 23 Aug. 2019 His art is infused with colorful abstract geometric shapes and patterns influenced by music and his individual interpretation of folktales from the African Diaspora. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 21 Aug. 2019 Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio, in 1931, the daughter of a welder and a homemaker who encouraged her to read literature and taught her folktales and spirituals at home. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Remembering the Peerless Toni Morrison," 6 Aug. 2019 One of the particular pleasures of a folktale is discovering the story’s entryway to magic. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Lanny” Is a Dark, Wonderfully Tactile Reimagining of the Folktale," 18 July 2019 Here's another creative story podcast that focuses on folktales from around the world. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "The Best Kids’ Podcasts for Long Summer Drives," 4 July 2019 Then hop off to watch a delightful water puppet show—a centuries-old storytelling technique that recounts popular Vietnamese legends and folktales. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of folktale

1850, in the meaning defined above

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folktale

noun

English Language Learners Definition of folktale

: a traditional story

folktale

noun
folk·​tale | \ ˈfōk-ˌtāl How to pronounce folktale (audio) \

Kids Definition of folktale

: a story made up and handed down by the common people

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