Definitions for folkfoʊk

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word folk

Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. Usu., folks. (used with a pl. v.) people in general.

  2. Often, folks. (used with a pl. v.) people of a specified class or group:

    country folk; poor folks.

    Category: Sociology

  3. (used with a pl. v.) people as the carriers of culture, esp. as representing a society's mores, customs, and traditions.

    Category: Sociology

  4. folks, Informal. members of one's family; one's relatives. one's parents.

    Category: Informal

  5. Archaic. a people or tribe.

  6. (adj.)of or originating among the common people:

    folk beliefs; folk dances.

    Category: Sociology

  7. having unknown origins and reflecting the traditional forms of a society:

    folk art.

    Category: Sociology

Origin of folk:

bef. 900; ME; OE folc


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. tribe, folk(noun)

    a social division of (usually preliterate) people

  3. family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry(noun)

    people descended from a common ancestor

    "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"

  4. folk music, ethnic music, folk(noun)

    the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. folk(noun)ʊk


    old folk; city folk; Are you folks coming along?

  2. folkʊk


    He's worried what his folks will say.

  3. folk(adjective)ʊk

    traditional and from a particular region

    a folk dance/song; folk music/tales


  1. folk(Noun)

    A grouping of smaller peoples or tribes as a nation.

  2. folk(Noun)

    The inhabitants of a region especially the native inhabitants.

  3. folk(Noun)

    Oneu2019s relatives especially oneu2019s parents.

  4. folk(Noun)

    Folk music.

  5. folk(Noun)

    People in general.

  6. folk(Noun)

    A particular group of people.

  7. folk(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a land, their culture, tradition, or history.

  8. folk(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to common people as opposed to ruling classes or elites.

  9. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Folk

    alt. of Folks


  1. Folk

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'folk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4616

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'folk' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2391

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'folk' in Nouns Frequency: #1540

Translations for folk

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of the traditions) of the common people of a country

folk customs; folk dance; folk music.

Get even more translations for folk »


Find a translation for the folk definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these folk definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"folk." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 20 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for folk?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for folk: