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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 folktales
  • Unlike the traditional folktales whose form they echo, the monster's stories are messy.
  • Then ask students to recall folktales, fairy tales, or other stories that they already know.
  • Argues for the importance of authenticity in children's picture-book folktales.
  • By reading folktales, you can learn more about groups of people around the world.
  • Students were able to put storytelling skills into writing folktales with details and a definite beginning, middle, and end.
  • In particular, folktales can help children connect to their past and to other cultures.
British Dictionary definitions for folktales

folk tale

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