Definition of folk in English:



  • 1

    (also folks)
    informal treated as plural People in general.

    ‘some folk will do anything for money’
    ‘an old folks' home’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will be happy nostalgic memories for the many folk who frequented that popular venue in their youth having now advanced a few years.’
    • ‘Many of the folk at Greenways Residential Home, Salisbury Road, are housebound or do not like to go out on trips.’
    • ‘But these young folk in the suburbs are in general more consumers than critics when it comes to American capitalism.’
    • ‘They are not public figures but ordinary folk, ‘people like you’.’
    • ‘Many young folk want to be fighter pilots when they grow up.’
    • ‘All these young folk don't know about Ky the con artist.’
    • ‘His job takes him all round the old folk's homes in Lancashire entertaining residents.’
    • ‘Mixing with the fan base and common folk has its good and bad sides.’
    • ‘A lot of invaluable literature in the languages of the common folk has remained outside recognised literary boundaries.’
    • ‘As you know, he got himself into a whole lot of trouble with folks in New York City.’
    • ‘Take a stroll through some city centres with these folks over the next few days if you have time.’
    • ‘Who'd have guessed folks living this close to Edina would be so friendly after dark?’
    • ‘Many folks up here have a sense of pride in their city or town and welcome filmmakers.’
    • ‘The family day is all the more special for folks who live in separation.’
    • ‘For most folks, it seems easier just to live with the problem than try to fix it.’
    • ‘Those of us who have lived on the edge have had a lot of folks come and go in our lives.’
    • ‘I want to see those folks who live in the area out there giving it a try.’
    people, humans, persons, individuals, souls, living souls, mortals
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    1. 1.1folksUsed as a friendly form of address to a group of people.
      ‘meanwhile folks, why not relax and enjoy the atmosphere?’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘To tell the truth, folks, there are so many debates running in parallel here that I'm inclined to give up the ghost.’
      • ‘That's as outrageous as it got, folks, and she didn't quite carry it off.’
      • ‘It's not too late to research and save for your own retirement, folks.’
      • ‘So it is just not rest and relaxation on a holiday, folks, you can combine business and pleasure.’
      • ‘The film doesn't even get released until November, so we're in for the long-haul, folks.’
      • ‘Spooky psychic powers aside, folks, that's why I believe that Gordon Smith is the real deal.’
      • ‘It's a modern-day fairy tale, folks, because, you see, they did get on the telly after all.’
      • ‘The little hardback books will be in the post as soon as possible, folks.’
      • ‘If you want real, on the ground reporting, turn to the British and European stations, folks.’
      • ‘This is the last Webdiary for the year, folks, so thanks to all of you who wrote and read this year.’
      • ‘We only go around once on this earth, folks, so we'd better get it right the first time.’
      • ‘So roll up for your tax cut, folks, and pencil in a trip to the ballot box this year.’
      • ‘There's a point where it doesn't make sense to make a corporation any bigger, folks.’
      • ‘Those friendly folks at Fringe Theatre Adventures are holding on to Bilbo for one extra night.’
      • ‘Mark this day on your calendar, folks, because it is a rare occasion indeed.’
      • ‘See what you miss when you don't actually listen closely to the words of songs, folks?’
      • ‘This might be a little tricky for them, folks, but don't worry because I have a strong feeling that they'll do it!’
    2. 1.2one's folksNorth American The members of one's family, especially one's parents.
      ‘his folks still live here’
      • ‘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.’
      relatives, relations, blood relations, family, family members, kinsfolk, kinsmen, kinswomen, kin, kindred, next of kin, flesh and blood
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  • 2mass noun Folk music.

    ‘a mixture of folk and reggae’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His music includes songs and tunes from a wide range of music traditions, including folk, blues, reggae, cajun and klezmer.’
    • ‘We had all this exposure, and we did all the major folk fests.’
    • ‘Expect to hear it in the future at your favourite coffeehouse or folk fest.’
    • ‘As with any folk fest, much of the magic will happen during the workshops.’
    • ‘In the end it sounds like a South American folk tune.’
    • ‘The crowd booed and jeered at the Newport folk festival in 1965.’
    • ‘They'd played together at various folk festivals and gigs.’
    • ‘Susan bought the CD of a Gypsy folk band we heard play.’
    • ‘Woody Guthrie was a hero to a generation of folk musicians, Bob Dylan among them.’
    • ‘How vital is the live folk scene in the UK at the moment?’
    • ‘They are undoubtedly the fastest rising star on the UK folk scene.’
    • ‘‘Come on Eileen’ was a brilliant fusion of '80s pop, Celtic folk, and blue-eyed soul.’
    • ‘This is not traditional Christian rock, Christian folk or Christian anything.’
    • ‘A visitor from Nashville rounds off a season of top folk and soul in Haworth this winter and spring.’
    • ‘For fans of real, heartfelt music that's mingled with soul, folk, pop/rock and blues this is a truly impressive disc.’
    • ‘His music is a constantly shifting amalgam: Rock and roll, funk, rap, blues, folk, and soul all contribute to his songwriting.’
    • ‘Casey's voice is distinctive and his style combines folk and soul similar to the Reef and Gomez spectrum of songwriting.’


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

    ‘a revival of interest in folk customs’
    ‘a folk museum’
    racial, race-related, ethnological, genetic, inherited
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    1. 1.1Relating to or originating from the beliefs and opinions of ordinary people.
      ‘a folk hero’
      ‘folk wisdom’
  • 2Relating to folk music.

    ‘a folk club’
    ‘folk singers’


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