Definition of folk tale in English:

folk tale

noun

  • A story originating in popular culture, typically passed on by word of mouth.

    • ‘During his early graduate work, Professor Dundes found himself drawn to the stories - the myths, the folk tales, the legends - behind the literature.’
    • ‘Another popular figure in myth and folk tales is Aligouran, a character in a series of adventures involving an uncle and his nephew.’
    • ‘One popular folk tale tells the story of Sebgugugu.’
    • ‘Other famous fairytale writers, such as the German Grimm brothers, were primarily compilers and recorders of folk tales.’
    • ‘We brought certain folk, music, and literary traditions with us from Europe and turned them into novels, stories, folk tales, songs, and music.’
    • ‘Based on an old folk tale, the story is not about the the so-called ‘Devil,’ or about the evil in our midst, as some reviewers seem to think.’
    • ‘Early Indonesian literature consisted largely of local folk tales and traditional religious stories.’
    • ‘In art and literature, in folk tales and mythology, the mother, as the personification of love and compassion, has been glorified and put up on a pedestal.’
    • ‘Conflict is then almost endemic to a good story, and literature, mythology, folk tales, and even religious texts are full of violent narratives.’
    • ‘The ‘Fox Story’ which is adapted from a French folk tale tells the story about a wily fox called Renart.’
    • ‘It is precisely with this sense of anticipation that I picked up this book of Dogri folk tales and I was not disappointed.’
    • ‘Family narratives, confirmed by the life events of both sisters, were defined as experiences, not just ‘untrue’ stories like folk tales.’
    • ‘Using painting, photography and silver ink on black paper the works portray a bizarre folk tale story.’
    • ‘Like all good folk tales these are stories of human ingenuity and stupidity, the worst of human nature and the best.’
    • ‘I think you can see the same kind of idea present in a lot of folk tales and fairy tales as well.’
    • ‘Based on a Russian folk tale, the story outlines the misfortunes of a young soldier who sells his soul to the devil.’
    • ‘The Edge of the World is really a modern folk tale, a story of family honor and the burden of history.’
    • ‘Folklorists use the word ‘stories’ as a collective term for folk tales, legends, memorates, and personal narratives.’
    • ‘The visitors assumed the stories were just folk tales.’
    • ‘The story of the two brothers Hungbu and Nolbu is one of the most typical and popular of all Korean folk tales.’
    myth, saga, epic, folk tale, folk story, traditional story, tale, story, fairy tale, narrative, fable, romance
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Pronunciation:

folk tale

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