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[fawlks-leet] /ˈfɔlksˌlit/
noun, plural volkslieder
[fawlks-lee-der] /ˈfɔlksˈli dər/ (Show IPA)
a folk song.
Origin of volkslied
< German Unabridged
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  • With shouts of joy, and singing the "volkslied," they rode out to occupy the nek.

    Through Shot and Flame J. D. Kestell.
  • Presently Magdalena was asked to play the volkslied, or national anthem.

    Our Little Boer Cousin Luna May Innes
  • Some one was striking the preliminary chords of a volkslied on his favorite instrument, a Rhaetian variation of the zither.

    The Princess Virginia C. N. Williamson
  • What the volkslied gains in universality it loses in individuality of character.

  • Some one was striking the preliminary chords of a volkslied on his favourite instrument, a Rhaetian improvement upon the zither.

    The Adventure of Princess Sylvia Mrs. C. N. Williamson
  • The German church music of the time, from which developed the chorale, was founded on the volkslied.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • She felt excited by the grandeur of the situation, and, in the pauses of the wind, sang low some wild German volkslied.

    Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
  • Humperdinck's melody is founded upon the volkslied, and he uses at least one nursery tune with charming effect.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • Even the human inhabitants do not sing here, and on these melancholy coasts the strain of a volkslied is never heard.

British Dictionary definitions for volkslied


noun (pl) -lieder (-liːdər)
a type of popular German folk song
Word Origin
literally: folk song
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