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folk tale

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noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for folk tale

folk tale

folk story


noun

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