- 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 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
February 22, 2013
- a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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