Definitions for: Folk


[n] the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
[n] people in general; "they're just country folk"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
[n] people descended from a common ancestor; "his family had lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
[n] a social division of (usually preliterate) people



Webster (1913) Definition: Folk (f[=o]k), Folks Folks (f[=o]ks), n. collect. & pl.
[AS. folc; akin to D. volk, OS. & OHG. folk, G. volk, Icel.
f[=o]lk, Sw. & Dan. folk, Lith. pulkas crowd, and perh. to E.
follow.]
1. (Eng. Hist.) In Anglo-Saxon times, the people of a group
of townships or villages; a community; a tribe. [Obs.]

The organization of each folk, as such, sprang
mainly from war. --J. R. Green.

2. People in general, or a separate class of people; --
generally used in the plural form, and often with a
qualifying adjective; as, the old folks; poor folks.
[Colloq.]

In winter's tedious nights, sit by the fire With
good old folks, and let them tell thee tales.
--Shak.

3. The persons of one's own family; as, our folks are all
well. [Colloq. New Eng.] --Bartlett.

Folk song, one of a class of songs long popular with the
common people.

Folk speech, the speech of the common people, as
distinguished from that of the educated class.

Synonyms: common people, ethnic music, family, family line, folk music, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept, tribe

See Also: ancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, C and W, country and western, country music, descent, dynasty, folk ballad, folk song, gens, gospel, gospel singing, grass roots, home folks, homefolk, house, line, line of descent, lineage, moiety, name, origin, parentage, pedigree, people, phyle, pleb, plebeian, popular music, popular music genre, rabble, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, schottische, social group, square-dance music, stock

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