folk

23 ENTRIES FOUND:

1folk

noun \ˈfōk\

folks : people in general

—used to talk to a group of people in a friendly and informal way

: a certain kind of people

plural folk or folks

Full Definition of FOLK

1
archaic :  a group of kindred tribes forming a nation :  people
2
:  the great proportion of the members of a people that determines the group character and that tends to preserve its characteristic form of civilization and its customs, arts and crafts, legends, traditions, and superstitions from generation to generation
3
plural :  a certain kind, class, or group of people <old folks> <just plain folk> <country folk> <media folk>
4
plural :  people generally
5
folks plural :  the persons of one's own family; especially :  parents
6
:  folk music

Examples of FOLK

  1. Folks say that house is haunted.
  2. Some folks think the law should be changed.
  3. a home for old folks
  4. the distinctive speech of folks from the South
  5. I'll be spending the holidays with my folks.
  6. His folks gave him everything a kid could want.

Origin of FOLK

Middle English, from Old English folc; akin to Old High German folc people
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt

2folk

adjective

: of or relating to the common people of a country or region

Full Definition of FOLK

1
:  originating or traditional with the common people of a country or region and typically reflecting their lifestyle <folk hero> <folk music>
2
:  of or relating to the common people or to the study of the common people <folk sociology>

First Known Use of FOLK

before 12th century

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