- 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.
Origin of folk tale
First recorded in 1890–95
Also called folk story.
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Examples from the Web for folk tale
These conditions are twice fulfilled in the history of a folk-tale.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
And for this reason also "Mary, Mary" has an inner resemblance to a folk-tale.Mary, Mary
In the development of the folk-tale, we can in a general way mark three grades.Homer's Odyssey
Denton J. Snider
It is not accidental but persistent savagery we meet with in the folk-tale.
It ignores it, and confines the problem to legend and folk-tale.
- a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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