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folk

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noun \ˈfōk\

Simple Definition of folk

  • folks : people in general

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

  • : a certain kind of people

Full Definition of folk

plural folk or folks

  1. 1 archaic :  a group of kindred tribes forming a nation :  people

  2. 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. 3 plural :  a certain kind, class, or group of people <old folks> <just plain folk> <country folk> <media folk>

  4. 4 plural :  people generally

  5. 5 folks plural :  the persons of one's own family; especially :  parents

  6. 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


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folk

adjective

Simple Definition of folk

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

Full Definition of folk

  1. 1 :  originating or traditional with the common people of a country or region and typically reflecting their lifestyle <folk hero> <folk music>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the common people or to the study of the common people <folk sociology>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of folk

before 12th century



FOLK Defined for Kids

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folk

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noun \ˈfōk\

Definition of folk

plural folk or folks

  1. 1 :  persons of a certain kind or group <the old folk> <rich folks>

  2. 2 folks plural :  people in general <Most folks agree with me.>

  3. 3 folks plural :  family members and especially parents




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folk

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adjective

Definition of folk

  1. :  created by the common people <a folk dance> <folk music>





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