folk tale
folktale folktale, folk tale folk tale . a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk, especially one forming part of the tradition of a culture. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

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  • folk tale — folk′ tale or folk′tale n. soc a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people, esp. one forming part of an oral tradition. Also called folk story • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • folk tale — or folk story n. a story, usually of anonymous authorship and containing legendary elements, made and handed down orally among the common people …   English World dictionary

  • folk tale — folk ,tale noun count an old traditional story …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • folk tale — ► NOUN ▪ a traditional story originally transmitted orally …   English terms dictionary

  • folk tale — noun a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk • Syn: ↑folktale • Members of this Topic: ↑flying carpet • Hypernyms: ↑narrative, ↑narration, ↑story, ↑tale …   Useful english dictionary

  • folk tale — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms folk tale : singular folk tale plural folk tales an old traditional story …   English dictionary

  • folk tale — 1. a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, esp. one forming part of the oral tradition of the common people. 2. any belief or story passed on traditionally, esp. one considered to be false or based on superstition.… …   Universalium

  • folk tale — story originating from and passed down by the common people of a country or region (usually transmitted orally) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • folk tale — noun a traditional story originally transmitted orally …   English new terms dictionary

  • folk·tale — /ˈfoʊkˌteıl/ noun, pl tales [count] : a traditional story West African folktales that continue to be passed from generation to generation through storytelling …   Useful english dictionary

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