Definition of folk in English:


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Pronunciation: /fəʊk


  • 2 [mass noun] Folk music: a mixture of folk and reggae [as modifier]: a folk singer
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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.


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  • 1Relating to the traditional art or culture of a community or nation: 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.


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

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