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folk tale

or folktale

a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, especially one forming part of the oral tradition of the common people.
any belief or story passed on traditionally, especially one considered to be false or based on superstition.
Also called folk story.
Origin of folk tale
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The folk-tale represented by the second story may of course be derived ultimately from some ancient custom; cf. Beow.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • These conditions are twice fulfilled in the history of a folk-tale.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • They were the first to present the folk-tale in its genuine unadulterated form.

  • In the development of the folk-tale, we can in a general way mark three grades.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • I have no doubt that it is a reference to some folk-tale, but have not yet been able to identify it.

  • It ignores it, and confines the problem to legend and folk-tale.

    Folklore as an Historical Science George Laurence Gomme
  • The truly distinctive characteristics of heroic poetry are rather those which differentiate it from the folk-tale.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • So much for the present as regards our folk-tale as a whole.

    The Three Days' Tournament Jessie L. Weston
  • Nine distinct features recur, in the same order, in the Beowulf-story and in this folk-tale.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • These are features which would be in place either in myth or folk-tale.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for folk-tale

folk tale

a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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