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folk tale

or folktale

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 called folk story.
Origin of folk tale
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I am like that man in the old German folk tale who made a compact with the Evil One, selling thereby his chance to die.

    The Master of Appleby

    Francis Lynde
  • There is a folk tale connected with it, and part of Philippe's plan was to tell this tale to Tom.

    Little Philippe of Belgium Madeline Brandeis
  • Many modern writers have tried to recapture some of the power of the folk tale by imitating its method.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • I haven't had to for any folk tale, however bald, contains all sorts of things by implication.

    The Laughing Prince Parker Fillmore
  • In this folk tale the exclusively sexual foundation of the wandering is quite plainly expressed.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking Isidor Isaak Sadger
  • The hero of an Egyptian folk tale slays a "deathless snake" by cutting it in two parts and putting sand between the parts.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for folk tale

folk tale

a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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