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folk songnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfəʊk ˌsɒŋ/ us /ˈfoʊk ˌsɑːŋ/

Examples from literature

  • It was only an old Christmas carol, the music that of a German folk song, but dear to generations of Christmas singers everywhere. 
  • The air was unfamiliar, but it sounded like a folk song of his own country, and he put into it all the poignant, peculiar melody of such a song. 
  • The characteristics of German and English folk songs may be observed in the familiar airs of these nations. 
  • The folk songs are the truest and most interesting national literature. 
  • These folk songs have a strong similarity to Scotch and Irish songs, owing to the absence of the fourth and seventh degrees of the scale. 

(Definition of “folk song” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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folk songnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfoʊk ˌsɔŋ/

a traditional song of a particular region or group of people

(Definition of “folk song” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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