Definition of folksonomy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfōkˈsänəmē/

noun (plural folksonomies)

A user-generated system of classifying and organizing online content into different categories by the use of metadata such as electronic tags.
Example sentences
  • Because of the word folksonomy, people assume it is for categorization.
  • And yet I keep having this feeling that folksonomy, and particularly amateur tagging, is profound in a way that the ‘no cheap metadata’ dictum doesn't cover.
  • Weinberger calls this grass-roots approach to organization folksonomy and predicts that it will diminish the role of experts.


Early 21st century: blend of folks (see folk) and taxonomy.

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Syllabification: folk·son·o·my

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