folk·​way | \ ˈfōk-ˌwā How to pronounce folkway (audio) \

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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Other artworks stand on their own and provide an immersive glimpse into African folkways and traditions. Susan Dunne,, "UConn’s Benton museum infused with spirit of Africa," 26 Aug. 2019 The conventions, the assumptions, the folkways, of American life were under siege everywhere. David Shribman,, "Tuned in to the ‘Summer of ’69’," 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, "On your next summer vacation, look for berried treasure," 13 Aug. 2019 The slim, plaid-jacketed guidebook, edited by Lisa Birnbach and written by her, Jonathan Roberts, Carol McD. Wallace and Mason Wiley, promised its reader virtual entree into the squash courts and folkways of the old-money elite. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "The ‘Preppy Handbook’ & Me," 5 Aug. 2019 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

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circa 1906, in the meaning defined above

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