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Definition of "folk" []

  • The common people of a society or region considered as the representatives of a traditional way of life and especially as the originators or carriers of the customs, beliefs, and arts that make up a distinctive culture: a leader who came from the folk. (noun)
  • Archaic A nation; a people. (noun)
  • Informal People in general. Often used in the plural: Folks around here are very friendly. (noun)
  • People of a specified group or kind. Often used in the plural: city folks; rich folk. (noun)
  • Informal The members of one's family or childhood household; one's relatives. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "folk" in a sentence
  • "At this point, what does the term "folk music" really mean?"
  • "” We use the term folk varieties in support of the efforts of Third World countries and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to have these varieties recognized as a part of the"
  • "Q: The term folk hero has been thrown around a bit."