folk·​way | \ ˈfōk-ˌwā \

Definition of folkway

: a mode of thinking, feeling, or acting common to a given group of people especially : a traditional social custom

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But the practices and superstitions that govern family life are purely of a specific time and place, when local folkways were swept away by high-tech savagery. WSJ, "‘Birds of Passage’ Review: Splendor and the Grass," 14 Feb. 2019 There have been far fewer attempts made to treat Democrats as a foreign tribe, to eat their food and understand their folkways. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 Otherwise, discharge petitions are considered an existential threat to leadership and to the mores and folkways of the House. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the House May Finally Pass an Immigration Bill," 16 May 2018 Tim Woodward graduated to columnist and feature writer, and his tales of Boise and Idaho kept longtime Idahoans and newcomers attuned to Idaho's folkways and unique places. idahostatesman, "About Us: 150 Years of News and Change | Idaho Statesman," 1 Aug. 2015 Immigrants to Europe from North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia — of different languages, ethnicities, folkways and religious practices — raised children who created for themselves a new identity as post-ethnic Muslims. David Frum, New York Times, "The Battle Over What It Means to Be American," 1 Mar. 2018 To anyone unversed in the folkways of official Britain, the Green-Cameron exchange would seem strange. Suzi Ring,, "Britain’s White-Collar Cops Are Getting Too Good at Their Job," 1 Mar. 2018 The locations are attractive, the performances are natural, and the details about local folkways are interesting, but the plot is a bit dull in spots, if only because the moral divisions are fairly simplistic. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign / On Video Five must-see African films," 26 Feb. 2018 What connects certain television shows, movies and stage productions to ancient folkways is a particular blend of novelty and familiarity. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "The Return of the Artistic Company," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of folkway

circa 1906, in the meaning defined above

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