Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A song belonging to the folk music of a people or area, often existing in several versions or with regional variations.
  • n. A song composed in the style of traditional folk music.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A song originating among the working people of urban and rural areas, and handed by oral tradition.
  • n. A song in this style which may have been written in recent times.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. one of a class of songs long popular with the common people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A song of the people; a song based on a legendary or historical event, or on some incident of common life, the words and generally the music of which have originated among the common people and are extensively used by them.
  • n. A song written in imitation of the simple and artless style of such a popular song.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture
  • n. a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture

Etymologies

folk + song (Wiktionary)

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  • Tom Lehrer: 'I should like to expound briefly on a theory I have held for some time, to the effect that the reason most folk songs are so attrocious is that they were written by the people, and that had professional songwriters written them instead, things might have turned out considerably differently.'

    February 11, 2008