folk·​way ˈfōk-ˌwā How to pronounce folkway (audio)
: a mode of thinking, feeling, or acting common to a given group of people
especially : a traditional social custom

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This might be the deepest, widest folkway of them all. Robin Sloan, The Atlantic, 14 May 2020 Brown, who is a vegan, seemed to find the peculiar human folkways involving meat enervating. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 1 Apr. 2020 Most of the Jews of Newark are proud FDR Democrats who see themselves as fully American while preserving their neighborhood folkways, cheering on Britain’s war with Nazi Germany, and loathing Lindbergh. David Klion, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2020 The agrarian rebel Zapata became an iconic figure for a new order that was merging social reform with a celebration of folkways and traditions—in striking contrast to the urban-industrial character of the Russian Revolution. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2020 The Chinese, like all other immigrants, would assimilate to American laws and folkways. David W. Blight, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2019 Other artworks stand on their own and provide an immersive glimpse into African folkways and traditions. Susan Dunne,, 26 Aug. 2019 The conventions, the assumptions, the folkways, of American life were under siege everywhere. David Shribman,, 22 Aug. 2019 Villamere says that in Newfoundland, wild berries are about folkways, such as the prized molasses-partridgeberry jam tart and salt-cod sandwich with jam and cheddar. Rebecca Powers, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of folkway was circa 1906

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“Folkway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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