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Meaning of folk by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    Old English folc, from Proto-Germanic *fulkan ( compare West Frisian folk, Dutch volk and German Volk ), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁-go ( compare Welsh ôl 'track', Lithuanian pulkas 'crowd', Old Church Slavonic plŭkŭ 'army division', Albanian plog 'barn, heap' ). Related to follow .


    • enPR: fōk, IPA: /fəʊk/, X-SAMPA: /f@Uk/
    • Rhymes: -əʊk


    folk ( not comparable )

    1. Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a land, their culture, tradition, or history .
    2. Of or pertaining to common people as opposed to ruling classes or elites .


    folk ( plural: folk or folks )

    1. ( archaic ) A grouping of smaller peoples or tribes as a nation .
    2. The inhabitants of a region especially the native inhabitants .
    3. ( plural:: folks ) One’s relatives especially one’s parents .
    4. ( music ) Folk music .
    5. ( plural: ) People in general .
    6. ( plural: ) A particular group of people .

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Explanation of folk by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. people in general

    3. they're just country folk
      folks around here drink moonshine
    4. people descended from a common ancestor

    5. a social division of ( usually preliterate ) people