folk tale

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, folktale.
Also called folk story.

1890–95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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folk tale or folk story
a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
folk story or folk story

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Example sentences
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
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