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 sto·ry [fohk-stawr-ee] /ˈfoʊk ˌstɔr i/ .
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How to use folk tale in a sentence
By the time Cooper first hears Britton’s story as a Harvard undergrad in the early 2010s, she writes, it has become almost a folk tale about how powerful institutions protect powerful men who do horrible things.One Good Thing: A true crime book about the problems with true crime books | Emily VanDerWerff | July 14, 2021 | Vox
A guide, using myths and folk tales, to help women reconnect with their instinctual nature.
The folk tale “Hansel and Gretel” originated in these years.When the Weather Went All Medieval: Climate Change, Famine, and Mass Death | Wendy Smith | June 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But it is clear that there might also be three distinct encounters on as many separate days, as in the folk-tale.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
I do not think that Lancelot was ab origine the hero of a variant of this popular and widely-spread folk-tale.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
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
A modern folk-tale from Cashmere tells of a Brahmin who prayed to know something of the state of the departed.The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
Or are all you Mentorians so gutless that you believe any half-baked folk tale the Lhari pass off on you?The Colors of Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for folk tale
a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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