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

  • n. Music originating among the common people of a nation or region and spread about or passed down orally, often with considerable variation.
  • n. Contemporary music in the style of traditional folk music.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any genre of music originating from the ethnic community of a specific region; often not recorded, but passed down orally
  • n. contemporary music in the style of traditional folk music

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

  • n. the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community


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