Definition of folk in English:


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Pronunciation: /fəʊk


1 (also folks) informal People in general: her parents were country folk 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.
1.1 (folks) Used as a friendly form of address to a group of people: meanwhile folks, why not relax and enjoy the atmosphere?
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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: his folks still live here
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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.
informal nearest and dearest
dated people
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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