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folk tale

noun
1.
a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, especially one forming part of the oral tradition of the common people.
2.
any belief or story passed on traditionally, especially one considered to be false or based on superstition.
Also, folktale.
Also called folk story.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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Examples from the web for folktale
  • Those fears have a long history in myth and folktale.
  • He was a high modernist who perfected the simple folktale and the not-so-simple folktale.
  • But a fiasco is a folktale told by others to make them happy it didn't happen.
  • The unit includes lessons and suggestions which can be supplemented with teachers' own ideas and other folktale choices.
  • Choose a favorite folktale or story to perform with masks.
  • Now, choose a favorite folktale or story to perform with masks.
  • Well, it's a long way from a folktale about an ex-convict's homecoming to an incipient funeral custom.
  • Read the folktale and then answer the questions that follow.
British Dictionary definitions for folktale

folk tale

noun
1.
a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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