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.
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Also called folk story.
Origin of folk tale
First recorded in 1890–95
Words nearby folk tale
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Example sentences from the Web for folktale
In her deposition, she told plaintiffs attorneys that she considered drug diversion an “urban legend” and a “folktale.”Doctor Accused of Infecting Patients With Hepatitis C Breaks Silence|Carol McKinley|February 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So, here's Binder and a neatly wrapped-up package of a folktale of the future.Shipwreck in the Sky|Eando Binder
British Dictionary definitions for folktale
a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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