folk music definition by Webster's New World
- traditional music made and handed down among the common people
- music composed in the style of this
folk music definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Music originating among the common people of a nation or region and spread about or passed down orally, often with considerable variation.
- Contemporary music in the style of traditional folk music.
- folkˈ-muˌsic adjective
folk music - Cultural Definition
A kind of music originating from the ordinary people of a region or nation and continued by oral tradition. The ballad (see also ballad) is a typical form of folk music. Music is also called “folk” when it is made by artists and composers who are inspired by, or imitate, true folk music. Composers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie are folk musicians of the second kind.