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

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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 In it, Willard’s manager character, a blond, moussed guy in a trombone-print shirt, interrupts a group of plucky folk singers rehearsing a sea shanty for a show. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "No One Had Instincts Like Fred Willard," 18 May 2020 The raspy-voiced country-folk singer was a favorite of Bob Dylan. Jonathan Wolfe, New York Times, "Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today," 10 Apr. 2020 Legendary folk singer John Prine, who often spoke fondly of his roots in Kentucky, has died after a battle with COVID-19. Chris Varias,, "I knew John Prine when I was a kid; my appreciation has only grown," 8 Apr. 2020 Revered folk singer sang of the human condition, April 9, Nation, A3 The obituary for John Prine, which ran in some editions, misstated when and where the singer-songwriter last performed in San Francisco. San Francisco Chronicle,, "Corrections, April 10," 9 Apr. 2020 John Prine, an esteemed country-folk singer-songwriter whose mordent wit camouflaged the profound seriousness of his work, has died at 73. Jim Farber,, "John Prine, revered singer-songwriter, dies at 73," 8 Apr. 2020 John Prine, an award-winning country-folk singer, died on Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was being treated for the coronavirus. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "John Prine dead at 73 after contracting coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020 John Prine, folk singer and songwriter, dies of complications of Covid-19. New York Times, "Trump Attacks W.H.O.; Threatens to Pull Funding," 7 Apr. 2020 Both singers are among a wave of musicians, from folk singers to indie rockers, who are talking openly on social media, in their music, and even in promotional material for their albums, about giving up drugs and alcohol. Eric R. Danton, Fortune, "Sobriety is the new black: How musicians are upending the usual narrative surrounding addiction," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of folk singer

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of folk singer was in 1884

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26 May 2020

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“Folk singer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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

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