folk

noun
\ ˈfōk How to pronounce folk (audio) \
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

TriMet service will run on Saturday schedules, with six extra MAX trains to get folks to and from the parade. oregonlive.com, "It’s the Rose Festival’s big day: Grand Floral Parade route, traffic and more," 8 June 2019 Such shows—in major museums in major cities—are perfect for the summer, when much of the art world has hied off to beaches and country houses, but when regular-folk tourists arrive in droves. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection’ Review: An Artist-Led Sampler," 8 June 2019 The musical, a folk-operatic retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, comes from singer-songerwriter Anais Mitchell. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Tony Awards 2019: All the Musicals Up for Best New Musical," 7 June 2019 Rock, pop, rap, folk, R&B sounds from acts based or from our state. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Shock rocker Alice Cooper returning to Alabama for concerts," 7 June 2019 Transgender reporter Samantha Allen, who grew up Mormon in Utah, drives through America's heartland to learn about how region's communities of LGBTQ+ folks weather discrimination with grit and joy. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 WhatsApp is a good and free way to communicate with folks anywhere in the world. Larry Magid, The Mercury News, "Magid: High and low tech advice for summer vacation," 7 June 2019 Expect everything from pop-up science labs to the chance to have lunch with folks who worked there during the historic mission. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 2019 Now that Sophie Turner has finally ditched the heavy Winterfell cloaks and surprisingly meaningful redhead braids for good, the actress has kindly turned her attention to providing constant style inspiration for us folks outside of Westeros. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Wore a Naked Chainmail Dress at the 'Dark Phoenix' Premiere," 28 May 2019

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)

chiefly US, informal : people in general
used to talk to a group of people in a friendly and informal way
informal : 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 How to pronounce folk (audio) \
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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