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

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In Holguín, townsfolk were in shock as victims included more than 65 residents, local media reported. Santiago Perez And Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Cuban Searchers Locate Black Box From Jet in Fatal Crash," 19 May 2018 Stop by to see the town smithy pump the mighty bellows, making utensils used by the local townsfolk., "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 Maine townsfolk play deadly pranks for a sinister shopkeeper who alarms the sheriff. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 In Bee’s version, though, President Trump is the shark and the townsfolk are debating how to beat him in the upcoming election. Lauren Huff,, "Samantha Bee spoofs Jaws and plots to take down Trump in Full Frontal sneak peek," 10 Sep. 2019 As the legend goes, when Ute Indians attacked this tiny Hispanic farming village, townsfolk prayed for help. Tom Noel, The Know, "16 strange, spooky and (mostly) true Colorado stories to tell around a campfire," 24 Aug. 2019 Overcomer PG A small town basketball coach loses most of his team when a local factory shuts down and causes many of the townsfolk to relocate. Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ and ‘Overcomer’ open Friday," 20 Aug. 2019 The king dies heroically, and the townsfolk honor him by cutting off his head, dipping it in steel, and celebrating his legacy by spending time in it. Mark Kennedy,, "On ‘King’s Mouth,’ a psychedelic skull session with the Flaming Lips," 24 July 2019 Surrounded by crowds of townsfolk, guests entered one piazza in which a choir sung on a terrazzo, while another sang on the steps of a monastery. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Much More Than Leopard Print: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda Pounces Into Action," 5 July 2019

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1592, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of townsfolk

: the people who live in a town

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