folk, folks, common people(noun)
people in general (often used in the plural)
"they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
a social division of (usually preliterate) people
family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry(noun)
people descended from a common ancestor
"his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
folk music, ethnic music, folk(noun)
the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
A grouping of smaller peoples or tribes as a nation.
The inhabitants of a region especially the native inhabitants.
Oneu2019s relatives especially oneu2019s parents.
People in general.
A particular group of people.
Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a land, their culture, tradition, or history.
Of or pertaining to common people as opposed to ruling classes or elites.
Origin: folc, from fulkan (compare West Frisian folk, volk and Volk), from pl̥h₁-go (compare ôl 'track', pulkas 'crowd', plŭkŭ 'army division', plog 'barn, heap'). Related to follow.
alt. of Folks
The English word Folk is derived from a Germanic noun, *fulka meaning "people" or "army". The English word folk has cognates in most of the other Germanic languages. Folk may be a Germanic root that is unique to the Germanic languages, although Latin vulgus, "the common people", has been suggested as a possible cognate.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fōk, n. people, collectively or distributively: a nation or race (rarely in pl.): (arch.) the people, commons: (pl.) those of one's own family, relations (coll.):—generally used in pl. Folk or Folks (fōks).—ns. Folke′thing, the lower house of the Danish parliament or Rigsdag; Folk′land, among the Anglo-Saxons, public land as distinguished from boc-land (bookland)—i.e. land granted to private persons by a written charter; Folk′lore, a department of the study of antiquities or archæology, embracing everything relating to ancient observances and customs, to the notions, beliefs, traditions, superstitions, and prejudices of the common people—the science which treats of the survivals of archaic beliefs and customs in modern ages (the name Folklore was first suggested by W. J. Thoms—'Ambrose Merton'—in the Athenæum, August 22, 1846); Folk′lorist, one who studies folklore; Folk′mote, an assembly of the people among the Anglo-Saxons; Folk′-right, the common law or right of the people; Folk′-song, any song or ballad originating among the people and traditionally handed down by them: a song written in imitation of such; Folk′-speech, the dialect of the common people of a country, in which ancient idioms are embedded; Folk′-tale, a popular story handed down by oral tradition from a more or less remote antiquity. [A.S. folc; Ice. fólk; Ger. volk.]
Used to refer to a person or people collectively.
Folk music originates from various places depending on the community, country and location of the people.
What does FOLK stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the FOLK acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'folk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4616
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'folk' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2391
Rank popularity for the word 'folk' in Nouns Frequency: #1540
The numerical value of folk in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of folk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Try everything once except incest and folk dancing.
The people people have for friends You common sense appall But the people people marry Are the queerest folk of all.
Most of the folk I've met are much more concerned about work, so let's not get dragged into that part of the conversation.
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.
Angels may be very excellent sort of folk in their own way, but we, poor mortals in our present state, would probably find them precious slow company.
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Translations for folk
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- Volk, LeuteGerman
- peuple, populaireFrench
- folkWestern Frisian
- popolo, abitante, autoctono, gente, popolareItalian
- habitans, vivens, populus, folkLatin
- befolkning, folkNorwegian
- народ, народныйRussian
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