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

Headlines echo these fears, driving folks to yank money from stock mutual funds and ETFs in four of the prior six weeks through mid-June. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "If everyone else is worried about stocks, capitalize on the fear and make a fortune," 7 July 2019 McGovern has been a close friend of nearly every governor since Tom McCall as well as legislators, business executives and equally to just-plain folks on the river. oregonlive.com, "Monroe: Ocean fishing has vastly improved this summer," 6 July 2019 Although unannounced, the influence of folk and popular music was threaded through this year's first two programs, at TCU's PepsiCo Recital Hall. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Enterprising programs open another season for Fort Worth's Mimir Chamber Music Festival," 6 July 2019 Joined by star Jason Mewes and other funny folks from the flick, this panel will be far from Silent, Bob! Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con Saturday schedule: Marvel Studios returns to Hall H," 6 July 2019 After working with them on research of Swedish folk traditions, as Aster sat down to write the script, he was drawn to take it in another direction following a tumultuous romantic break-up. Mark Olsen, chicagotribune.com, "Disturbed and confused by ‘Midsommar’? Let the filmmakers explain," 5 July 2019 The Quebe Sisters blend jazz, country, boogie-woogie, folk traditions, cowboy songs, and a lot more. John Adamian, courant.com, "Texan Quebe Sisters bringing Western swing Infinity Hall," 5 July 2019 Their gestures captured the choreography of generations of black churchgoing folks and even more deeply rooted processions. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Can they get an amen? Vintage Theatre goes to church with “Crowns: A Gospel Musical”," 5 July 2019 What better way to kick off a holiday weekend in New Orleans than with a marching band, beignets and a group of stylish Black folks? Nandi Howard, Essence, "ESSENCE Kicked Off Fashion House With Gucci And Kering," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This year, the event will feature more folk dancing groups, Plevrakis said, and guests can enjoy a DJ on Friday and Sunday, plus a live band on Saturday. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "'Sense-driven' Bel Air Greek Festival this weekend to feature folk-dancing, new desserts," 13 June 2019 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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