plural noun
towns·​folk | \ ˈtau̇nz-ˌfōk How to pronounce townsfolk (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web But no matter how daunting the challenge, everything gets worked out, and townsfolk of all ages and races happily gather for the Christmas festival, drink hot cocoa, nibble on fresh-baked sweets, and gaze up in wonder at the twinkling lights. oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 Dexter is all smiles and friendly nods around his fellow townsfolk, but privately he is haunted by his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), who, in a device that can be grating at times, regularly shows up to cast doubt on his decisions. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 3 Nov. 2021 Angela seems less inept than most of the old detective unit at Miami Metro, Clancy Brown makes his usual strong impression as a local businessman with a mysterious agenda, and the townsfolk as a whole feel believable, if not that exciting. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2021 Michael escaped a fiery trap and is on the loose, the townsfolk form a vigilante mob to kill him once and for all, and Laurie Strode (Curtis) has a nasty stab wound and some other chaos to deal with at the local hospital. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 The townsfolk, shocked by the images of destruction being broadcast around the world, swung into action, gathering food, medicine and hygiene products while setting up shelters for the helpless travelers. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 In the background of the game, there’s a subtle conflict between the townsfolk and a tech monopoly that’s threatening to put the whole town out of business. Bon Appétit, 4 Oct. 2021 Maverick insurgents of the Boxer Rebellion had shelled the Russian shore from across the Amur, and the townsfolk panicked. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 During one early song, for instance, townsfolk sing about spanking their girlfriends. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of townsfolk

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of townsfolk was in 1592

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“Townsfolk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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: the people who live in a town : townspeople

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