plural noun
fish·​er·​folk | \ ˈfi-shər-ˌfōk How to pronounce fisherfolk (audio) \

Definition of fisherfolk

: people who fish especially for a living

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Since the 1960s Lake Chad, on which farmers and fisherfolk depend, has shrunk by half. The Economist, "Idriss Déby, Chad’s despot, is struggling to stay in power," 18 July 2019 Europe’s leaders, accepting that Britain will leave the union, keep asking for clarity from May and her negotiators — and so do anxious Britons, from Cornish fisherfolk to Kentish berry farmers to London City bankers. Washington Post, "Theresa May wines and dines her Brexit ‘war cabinet’ in a bid to hash out a policy," 22 Feb. 2018 Commercial fisherfolk also prefer to haul in big specimens. The Economist, "Tropical ecologyBig fish keep tropical forests healthy," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of fisherfolk

1822, in the meaning defined above

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