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folk song

noun
1.
a song originating among the people of a country or area, passed by oral tradition from one singer or generation to the next, often existing in several versions, and marked generally by simple, modal melody and stanzaic, narrative verse.
2.
a song of similar character written by a known composer.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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British Dictionary definitions for folk-song

folk song

noun
1.
a song of which the music and text have been handed down by oral tradition among the common people
2.
a modern song which employs or reflects the folk idiom
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