Definition of folk tale in US English:

folk tale

noun

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

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

folk tale

/ˈfōk ˌtāl//ˈfoʊk ˌteɪl/