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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The folk singer is among the last representatives of a bygone era of mid-20th century American musical heroes, the likes of which included Pete Seeger, Odetta, Dave Van Ronk, and the architype of folk music, Woody Guthrie. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2022 Katie Lee, a writer, folk singer and Hollywood starlet turned environmentalist firecracker, who famously posed nude in Glen Canyon for the photographer Martin Koehler. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Aug. 2022 As a child, Bowie was a Little Richard fanatic who went Mod in the ‘60s, was a space-age folk singer, and the original glam-rock superstar, gender-blending to mainstream alarm. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 15 Sep. 2022 Her early figurative paintings amalgamate her biography with the rise of socialism, depicting Karl Marx, Chilean folk singer and social activist Violeta Parra, Andean popular art, animism, and Indigeneity. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Eric Von Schmidt, another folk singer active at the time, once said. New York Times, 19 May 2022 By having Abraham voice Khonshu in Moon Knight, Marvel is also effectively creating a reunion from one of the most memorable scenes of Joel and Ethan Coen's 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis, where Oscar Isaac played the titular struggling folk singer. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 30 Mar. 2022 Down to Kiva Studio, Kinney met a young folk singer named Todd Snider. Matt Wake |, al, 16 June 2022 Heather McLarney, indie-folk singer-guitarist. June 3: Riley Cotton, singer-guitarist performing Americana songs. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 20 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of folk singer was in 1884

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“Folk singer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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