WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
folk mu′sic, 
  1. Music and Dancemusic, usually of simple character and anonymous authorship, handed down among the common people by oral tradition.
  2. Music and Dancemusic by known composers that has become part of the folk tradition of a country or region.
  • 1885–90

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
folk music n
  1. music that is passed on from generation to generation by oral tradition
  2. any music composed in the idiom of this oral tradition
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