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 Dictionary entry overview: What does folk tale mean? 

FOLK TALE (noun)
  The noun FOLK TALE has 1 sense:

1. a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk

  Familiarity information: FOLK TALE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FOLK TALE (noun)

Sense 1folk tale [BACK TO TOP]


A tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


folk tale; folktale

Hypernyms ("folk tale" is a kind of...):

narration; narrative; story; tale (a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program)

Domain member category:

flying carpet ((Asian folktale) an imaginary carpet that will fly people anywhere they wish to go)

Instance hyponyms:

Arabian Nights; Arabian Nights' Entertainment; Thousand and One Nights (a collection of folktales in Arabic dating from the 10th century)

Holonyms ("folk tale" is a part of...):

folklore (the unwritten literature (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture)

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