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

Examples of folkway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opened in 2016, the studio numbers 130 students of all ages, mostly children of Indian descent eager to learn both the folkways of their forebears and the rituals deeply connected to their ancestral roots. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 26 June 2023 By March 1994, when AOL connected its one million subscribers to Usenet, soft moderation tactics had begun to dissolve; the newbies had no idea that there were particular social mores, folkways, and protocols that had been designed by their predecessors. Hannah Zeavin, Harper's Magazine, 15 June 2022 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

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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 19 May. 2024.

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