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 folktales
For 600 years, a set of folktales taught Chinese children how to respect their parents.
Those who like to compare myths and folktales and ancient scriptures will find a rich field here.Aw-Aw-Tam Indian Nights|J. William Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for folktales
a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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