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folk tale

or folk·tale

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

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called folk story.
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Historical Examples

  • So, here's Binder and a neatly wrapped-up package of a folktale of the future.

  • Sometimes I have seen the beginning of a folktale in a fragment of narrative reeled off by a Gypsy on the spur of the moment.


British Dictionary definitions for folktale

folk tale

folk story

noun
  1. a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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