Definitions for folkfoʊk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Usu., folks. (used with a pl. v.) people in general.
Often, folks. (used with a pl. v.) people of a specified class or group:
country folk; poor folks.
(used with a pl. v.) people as the carriers of culture, esp. as representing a society's mores, customs, and traditions.
folks, Informal. members of one's family; one's relatives. one's parents.
Archaic. a people or tribe.
(adj.)of or originating among the common people:
folk beliefs; folk dances.
having unknown origins and reflecting the traditional forms of a society:
Origin of folk:
bef. 900; ME; OE folc
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
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
old folk; city folk; Are you folks coming along?
He's worried what his folks will say.
traditional and from a particular region
a folk dance/song; folk music/tales
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.
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
Translations for folk
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(of the traditions) of the common people of a country
folk customs; folk dance; folk music.
- شَعْبي، ريفيArabic
- folclóricoPortuguese (BR)
- λαϊκός, δημώδηςGreek
- popular, folclóricoSpanish
- محلی؛ بومیFarsi
- populaire, folkloriqueFrench
- nép-, népiHungarian
- alþÿðu-, þjóð-Icelandic
- folcloristico, popolare; folkItalian
- liaudies, liaudinisLithuanian
- محلی؛ بومیPersian
- اولسی، خلقیPashto
- popular, folkRomanian
- halka aitTurkish
- 民間的Chinese (Trad.)
- عوامی، روایتیUrdu
- dân tộc; dân gianVietnamese
- 民间的Chinese (Simp.)
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