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Meaning & Definition of Folk in English

English

Folk

/foʊk/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • folk
  • ,
  • folks
  • ,
  • common people

2. A social division of (usually preliterate) people

    synonym:
  • tribe
  • ,
  • folk

3. People descended from a common ancestor

  • "His family has lived in massachusetts since the mayflower"
    synonym:
  • family
  • ,
  • family line
  • ,
  • folk
  • ,
  • kinfolk
  • ,
  • kinsfolk
  • ,
  • sept
  • ,
  • phratry

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

    synonym:
  • folk music
  • ,
  • ethnic music
  • ,
  • folk

Examples of using

He knows many folk dances.
She knows many folk dances.
She can play all kinds of instruments, classical or folk.