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

Definition of fisherfolk

: people who fish especially for a living

Examples of fisherfolk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the state, the goal of saving coastal Louisiana is clear, even if the outcome for the state’s fisherfolk is murky. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 May 2021 The divers claim that those who ate the echinoderms were startled by the aphrodisiac effect—and fisherfolk never exaggerate. The Economist, 17 Apr. 2021 Drop by a section of the 48-mile Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on a nice weekend day and observe throngs of hikers, bikers, canoeists and fisherfolk, enjoying the green space. Mark Woolsey, ajc, 12 Mar. 2021 But apart from this, there hasn’t been much support for women fisherfolk. Supriya Vohra, Quartz India, 18 Feb. 2020 Amidst all this, the traditional, small scale, artisanal fisherfolk suffer the most. Supriya Vohra, Quartz India, 18 Feb. 2020 Towns like Greenville have a cool outdoorsy vibe even after the crowds of boaters and fisherfolk have decamped for the season, and the best restaurants, such as The Quarry, in Monson, remain open, with seasonal menus., 10 Oct. 2019 Since the 1960s Lake Chad, on which farmers and fisherfolk depend, has shrunk by half. The Economist, 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, 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fisherfolk

1822, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2021

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“Fisherfolk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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