folk singer

\ ˈfōk-ˌsiŋ-ər How to pronounce folk singer (audio) \
variants: or less commonly folksinger or folk-singer

Definition of folk singer

: one who sings folk songs or sings in a style associated with folk songs

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from folk singer

folk singing \ ˈfōk-​ˌsiŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce folk singing (audio) \ noun

Examples of folk singer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet Details: Dylan LeBlanc Country-folk singer-songwriter, Dylan Le and his longtime band The Pollies will perform at White Oak in support of his recently released new album, Renegade. Houston Chronicle, "The Go List: Sad Summer Festival, Felipe Esparza," 3 July 2019 The great folk singer and champion of the people Pete Seeger, with a wee bit of sarcasm, used to tell union members not to waste their pity for the scab taking the side of the bosses during a strike. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’," 28 July 2019 Ever the trickster, Dylan in the Rolling Thunder Revue was many things: folk singer, songwriter, rock star, bandleader, protester, actor, ringmaster, caballero, hero, joker. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Bob Dylan’s Glam Hootenanny: Returning to Rolling Thunder," 5 June 2019 Roche, the daughter of Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III and singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche, is the half-sister of singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright. Chuck Yarborough,, "Ani DiFranco, Oberlin grad Lucy Wainwright Roche will put songwriting in the spotlight at Cain Park show," 7 June 2019 Denyes is a folk singer and songwriter who writes songs that make children laugh, think, sing, dance, clap and stomp their feet. Ramona Sentinel, "Our Town Calendar of Events: June 6-12," 5 June 2019 Here, a few museum shows to keep on your radar this March and April, from celebrations of pioneering female artists, to a sprawling, multimedia tribute to the late folk singer Leonard Cohen. Marley Marius, Vogue, "From Sally Mann to Jacopo Tintoretto, 7 Art Exhibitions You Won't Want to Miss This Spring," 1 Mar. 2019 The American folk singer Tim Hardin nearly joined up at one point. David Renard, New York Times, "Can Was 40 Years Ahead of Its Time. A New Book Helps Us Catch Up.," 12 June 2018 My Story’ that was inspired and influenced by the travel, meeting with gospel choirs, folk singers, and musicians, jazz, Gloria and Emilio Estefan in Miami. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Aloe Blacc on 'America's Musical Journey' Doc, His Forthcoming Album & Unreleased Songs With Avicii," 20 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'folk singer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of folk singer

1884, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about folk singer

Statistics for folk singer

Last Updated

19 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for folk singer

The first known use of folk singer was in 1884

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for folk singer


folk·​sing·​er | \ ˈfōk-ˌsiŋ-ər How to pronounce folksinger (audio) \

Kids Definition of folksinger

: a person who sings songs ( folk songs ) created by and long sung among the common people

Comments on folk singer

What made you want to look up folk singer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a haphazard or makeshift solution

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!