Meaning of “folk tale” in the English Dictionary


"folk tale" in English

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folk talenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfəʊk ˌteɪl/ us /ˈfoʊk ˌteɪl/

a story that parents have passed on to their children through speech over many years

Examples from literature

  • Children and storytellers alike will welcome these rich and robust folk tales, long unavailable. 
  • In Celtic folk tales high tides and valley floods are accounted for by the presence of a "great beast" in sea, loch, or river. 
  • The earliest German literature is composed of folk tales about war heroes—their ideals and manly virtues. 
  • The quest of the plant, flower, or fruit of life is referred to in many folk tales. 
  • Thirty-one Far Eastern folk tales, full of sly humor, adventure, and virtue rewarded. 

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