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

archaic :  a group of kindred tribes forming a nation :  people
:  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
plural :  a certain kind, class, or group of people <old folks> <just plain folk> <country folk> <media folk>
plural :  people generally
folks plural :  the persons of one's own family; especially :  parents
:  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



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

Full Definition of FOLK

:  originating or traditional with the common people of a country or region and typically reflecting their lifestyle <folk hero> <folk music>
:  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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a noisy boisterous band or parade
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