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

Even the buttons, which were made by Johnny Nelson Jewelry, were decorated with the faces of folks from these communities. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Here Are All the Fashion References You Might Have Missed from the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Deadline also reports that ahead of the series finale, fans have come together to raise money to donate to The Trevor Project as a way of honoring Shadowhunters' message of acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ folks. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "The "Shadowhunters" Final Episode Will Be More Than 2 Hours Long," 28 Mar. 2019 There are also folks who help contestants get to their markers without tripping. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 2018 The Experimental folks have also taken over the Farm Club, a local late-night haunt famed for tempting high profile-partiers. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Biggest Ski News in Europe This Season," 6 Dec. 2018 There are folks who channel their unused sensual energy into doing philanthropic work or picking up a hobby or binge-watching TV. Phoebe Robinson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Phoebe Robinson's 9 Tips on How to Be Single That Don't Actually Suck," 17 Oct. 2018 Country singers are not all well-mannered folks with southern charm. Fox News, "9 of country music's most shocking moments," 4 Oct. 2018 Welp, Meghan's pregnancy announcement may be on the horizon, folks, as the latest hint that the royal couple are preparing for children has surfaced. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Here's Why People Think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Have Kids Soon," 2 Aug. 2018 With apologies to the well-meaning folks at the ECFR, their report on the rise of these parties is emblematic of Europe’s problem. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Saving Europe by Destroying It From Within," 14 Feb. 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's-glove

folk art

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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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