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folk

noun \ ˈfōk \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of folk

plural folk or folks
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

Examples of folk in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of folk

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

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folk

adjective

Definition of folk

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

Recent Examples of folk from the Web

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First Known Use of folk

before 12th century



FOLK Defined for English Language Learners

folk

noun

Definition of folk for English Language Learners

  • 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

Definition of folk for English Language Learners

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


FOLK Defined for Kids

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folk

noun \ ˈfōk \

Definition of folk for Students

plural folk or folks
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

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folk

adjective

Definition of folk for Students

: created by the common people
  • a folk dance
  • folk music


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