plural noun
wom·​en·​folk | \ ˈwi-mən-ˌfōk How to pronounce womenfolk (audio) \
variants: or less commonly womenfolks \ ˈwi-​mən-​ˌfōks How to pronounce womenfolk (audio) \

Definition of womenfolk

: women

Examples of womenfolk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ms Varshney is far from alone in believing that the 80% of Indians who are Hindu face a concerted, predatory effort to entice their womenfolk away from the faith. The Economist, "Fighting the “love jihad”India is working itself into a frenzy about interfaith marriages," 30 Sep. 2017 Once their families are fed, the womenfolk sell the rest of their catch from dawn to dusk from hot, dusty roadside stalls by Highway 57, a major trade route through Mexico. Phil Davison, Washington Post, "Eugenio Polgovsky, award-winning filmmaker who cast austere eye on Mexico, dies at 40," 7 Sep. 2017 This meant that the womenfolk wouldn’t have to rub elbows with stinky and suspicious males, and that diners would henceforth be viable date night locations (Danny and Sandy’s misadventure notwithstanding). Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "The Mystique of the American Diner, from Jack Kerouac to “Twin Peaks”," 31 Aug. 2017

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1729, in the meaning defined above

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“Womenfolk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womenfolk. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of womenfolk

old-fashioned + humorous : the women of a family or community


noun plural
wom·​en·​folk | \ ˈwi-mən-ˌfōk How to pronounce womenfolk (audio) \
variants: or womenfolks \ -​ˌfōks \

Kids Definition of womenfolk

: women especially of one family or group

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