Definition of folk in English:

folk

Syllabification: folk
Pronunciation: /fōk
 
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noun

  • 1 (also folks) informal People in general: some folk will do anything for money an old folks' home
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    • There was a general feeling amongst folk who hadn't been faced with this situation before; they were stunned.
    • I might be wrong but folk of my generation are probably Apple's prime audience.
    • I suppose it also had to do with the fact that my parents were messy folk, something of which I was deeply ashamed.
    Synonyms
    people, individuals, 'men, women, and children', (living) souls, mortals; citizenry, inhabitants, residents, populace, population
    formal denizens
  • 1.1 (folks) Used as a friendly form of address to a group of people: meanwhile, folks, why not relax and enjoy the show?
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    • The Soul of Man Under Socialism, folks, looks a lot better than it does under ten feet of sewage-filled water.
    • I think we've located another point in our musical journey here, folks.
    • A fair amount of the traditional old machete gardening was in order - it's more fun than it looks, folks!
  • 1.2 (one's folks) chiefly North American The members of one’s family, especially one’s parents: I get along all right with your folks
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    • Help your friends move, invite your folks to live with you, go out of your way to help someone with their homework, and so on.
    • Now I understand that my folks must have saved me from death hundreds of times without even thinking twice about it.
    • My folks never took my instruments away or forbade me to play a gig.
    Synonyms
    parents, relatives, relations, blood relations, family, nearest and dearest, people, kinsfolk, kinsmen, kinswomen, kin, kith and kin, kindred, flesh and blood
  • 2Folk music: a mixture of folk and reggae
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    • Their music is a mixture of Eastern European folk, gypsy, techno and American jazz.
    • She plays steel, slide and acoustic guitar, mandolin and body percussion - her music crossing boundaries through folk, country and reggae.
    • Off The Rails will also be playing rock, reggae, jazz, folk, samba, blues and world music-influenced songs.

adjective

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  • 1Of or relating to the traditional art or culture of a community or nation: a revival of interest in folk customs a folk museum
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    • For Croatians, food, tradition, and folk culture are interconnected, especially as a part of holiday celebrations.
    • Central to Welsh culture is the centuries-old folk tradition of poetry and music which has helped keep the Welsh language alive.
    • It was an assertion of a Jacksonian and old republican culture representing a folk tradition of honour.
  • 1.1Relating to or originating from the beliefs and opinions of ordinary people: a folk hero folk wisdom
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    • Popular songs are sung by folk heroes with humble origins.
    • Apparently there's some strange, arcane folk belief that wearing such headgear actually makes everything you say and do amusing.
    • It has a lot of folk beliefs and fairly primitive religion mixed in.
  • 2Of or relating to folk music: performing at a folk club in Chicago

Phrases

just (plain) folks

Ordinary, down-to-earth, unpretentious people.
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  • Some are professional journalists, but the vast majority of them are just folks with something on their minds.
  • Don't you figure it's possible that a half million or more of Egan's flock are just folks from the suburbs?
  • BlueEar.com also has a good forum for postings from just folks.

Origin

Old English folc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch volk and German Volk.

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