- The definition of folk is someone or something associated with traditional or common culture.
An example of folk is the music of Bob Dylan.
- Folk means people in general, or a specific group of people.
An example of folk is saying that Amish people live a simple life; simple life of the Amish folk.
- a people or nation; ethnic group: a peaceful folk
- the large body of the common people of such a group: with the
- people in general; persons: city folk sometimes vacation in the country; folks differ in their tastesalso folks
Origin of folkMiddle English from Old English folc, akin to German volk from Germanic an unverified form fulca-, army, group of warriors from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
just (plain) folks
nounpl. folk, or folks
- a. The common people of a society or region considered as the representatives of a traditional way of life and especially as the originators or carriers of the customs, beliefs, and arts that make up a distinctive culture: a leader who came from the folk.b. Archaic A nation; a people.
- folks Informal People in general: Folks around here are very friendly.
- often folks People of a specified group or kind: city folks; rich folk.
- folks Informal a. One's parents: My folks are coming for a visit.b. The members of one's family or childhood household; one's relatives.
Origin of folkMiddle English from Old English folc ; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural folk or folks)
- (archaic) A grouping of smaller peoples or tribes as a nation.
- The inhabitants of a region especially the native inhabitants.
- (plural only, plural: folks) One’s relatives especially one’s parents.
- (music) Folk music.
- (plural only) People in general.
- Young folk, old folk, everybody come, / To our little Sunday School and have a lot of fun.
- (plural only) A particular group of people.
terms etymologically related to "folk"
From Middle English folk, from Old English folc, from Proto-Germanic *fulką (compare West Frisian folk, Dutch volk and German Volk), from *fulka- ("crowd, army"), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁-go (compare Welsh ôl 'track', Lithuanian pulkas 'crowd', Old Church Slavonic plŭkŭ 'army division', Albanian plog 'barn, heap'; the Slavic and Lithuanian words may have been borrowed from Proto-Germanic instead). (Some have also attempted to link the word to Latin vulgus, populus or plebs. ) Related to follow.