a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk, especially one forming part of the tradition of a culture.
(folk•tale) n. – a traditional story that often teaches a lesson that has been handed down by the people of a country or region from one generation to the next.
a fictional story, passed down orally within a culture, whose purpose is to impart folk wisdom or a lesson
a fictitious story told to amuse and amaze the listeners
a general term for any of numerous varieties of traditional narrative
a narrative that is not located in either time or space, and it may contain element of fantasy or wonder
a story passed down throughgenerations, mainly by re-telling
a story passed down through generations, mainly by re-telling
a story that has been passed down, usually orally, within a culture
a story that, in its plot, is pure fiction and that has no particular location in either time or space
a story that is passed down through generations by word of mouth
a story which bas been handed down through word of mouth, and thus belongs to a particular culture rather than an individual
a wonderful phenomenon of national culture
A short narrative handed down through oral tradition, with various tellers and groups modifying it, so that it acquired cumulative authorship. Most folktales eventually move from oral tradition to written form.
a traditional tale.
A story, usually with a message, that has been passed down orally and may appeal to both adults and children.
a narrative form, as an epic, legend, myth, fable, etc., that is or had been retold within culture for generations and is well known through repeated storytelling, as an Anansi tale.
A story originating in oral tradition. Folktales fall into a variety of categories, including legends, ghost stories, fairy tale Fable s, and anecdotes based on historical figures and events. Examples of folktales include Giambattista Basile's The Pentamerone, which contains the tale s of Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast, and Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus stories, which represent transplanted African folktales and American tales about the character s Mike Fink, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, and Pecos Bill. (Compare with Tall Tale.)