variants or less commonly folksinger or folk-singer
: one who sings folk songs or sings in a style associated with folk songs
folk singing noun

Examples of folk singer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along with Norton, the sisters shared an apartment in New York, where folk singer Bob Dylan, one of the musicians who performed at the march, would often drop by and play his guitar. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024 His career began in the 1950s as a solo folk singer in California. Diego Ramos Bechara, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 Timothée Chalamet was freewheelin’ through New York City while filming the upcoming Bob Dylan biopic A Complete Unknown – in which the actor will star as the famed folk singer – on Sunday (March 24). Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2024 The folk singer, who famously made up one half of the legendary rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, is married to Kim Garfunkel. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 Benally, the son of Navajo medicine man, Hoop Dancer and cultural performer Jones Benally and Berta Benally, a folk singer of Russian-Polish Jewish heritage, was born in Black Mesa on the Navajo Nation in 1975. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 4 Jan. 2024 Ochs has spent his years going places, finding things, dusting them off, putting them back in circulation and moving along — as a folk singer, as a blues guitarist, and now, as an 82-year-old who’s been spending his December mornings composting autumn leaves and fireplace ashes into garden mulch. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2023 The first chapter offers a fairly standard introduction to the legendary folk singer’s early life and career, while the second presents a complex portrait of its subject at one of the most pivotal junctures of his artistic journey. Wesley Stenzel,, 9 Mar. 2024 After days of speculation that Chapman would join Combs onstage to play her classic 1988 song, the folk singer made a rare appearance at Sunday’s show for a simple yet deeply affecting performance. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of folk singer was in 1870

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“Folk singer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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folk·​sing·​er -ˌsing-ər How to pronounce folksinger (audio)
: a singer of folk songs
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