folk

noun
\ˈfōk \
plural folk or folks

Definition of folk 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 folk or folks plural : a certain kind, class, or group of people old folks just plain folk country folk media folk

4 folk or folks plural : people generally

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

6 : folk music

folk

adjective

Definition of folk (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of folk in a Sentence

Noun

Folks say that house is haunted. Some folks think the law should be changed. a home for old folks the distinctive speech of folks from the South I'll be spending the holidays with my folks. His folks gave him everything a kid could want.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 36th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day will be held Wednesday on Belle Isle and will bring more than 40,000 young folks to the island. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "This Detroiter's path leads directly to a Belle Isle honor," 6 July 2018 After warning folks about a few salty words in the lyrics, Briggs sang about a boyfriend who wears Gucci shoes, likes zombies and shares his Juicy Fruit gum. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 6: Steven Tyler, Foster the People, Trace Adkins and more," 3 July 2018 While everyone is certainly excited to have another royal baby join the family this year, the pronunciation of the new little one's name is, once again, stumping some folks. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How to Pronounce Zara and Mike Tindall's New Baby's Name," 27 June 2018 The staff is young, excellent, and used to demanding folks. Bon Appetit, "Hotel Sanders," 18 June 2018 That information alone should be enough to motivate folks to get moving. Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored, "This stylish standing desk could revolutionize your work routine," 11 June 2018 Trolley is no longer bound by tracks, transporting folks around like a sentient self-driving Uber. David G. Allan, CNN, "Mister Rogers, television's polite radical," 8 June 2018 Friday's folk-funk fusion concert starts at 9 p.m. No tickets are needed. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Nickel Plate District Amphitheater reopens in Fishers," 12 July 2018 For just about as long as smartphones have had screens that crack, folks have been fantasizing about how to save them from that fate. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Might Be the Most Practical Phone-Saving 'Airbag' Design Yet," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

After Carly and Martina, indie band Half-Alive and folk musician Liza Anne finished off the series for the day. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Emerging Artist Series performers infuse youthful energy and soul into Summerfest," 3 July 2018 Programs such as soccer matches, a live animal show, free kids' activities, a book fair, folk art, and crafts, souvenirs and novelty items for sale will round out the festivities. Mark Holan/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Hungarian Festival is largest in Ohio: Sun Postings," 26 Aug. 2017 Classical musicians usually refer to their instrument as a violin, and most folk players call it a fiddle. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Syrah is like a violin, and shiraz is like a fiddle (but sometimes not)," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of folk

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for folk

Noun

Middle English, from Old English folc; akin to Old High German folc people

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folk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of folk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

folks : people in general

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

: a certain kind of people

folk

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of folk (Entry 2 of 2)

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

folk

noun
\ˈfōk \
plural folk or folks

Kids Definition of folk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

3 folks plural : family members and especially parents

folk

adjective

Kids Definition of folk (Entry 2 of 2)

: created by the common people a folk dance folk music

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