folk: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fōk), [key]
— n.
  1. Usually, people in general: Folks say there wasn't much rain last summer.
  2. Often, people of a specified class or group: country folk; poor folks.
  3. people as the carriers of culture, esp. as representing the composite of social mores, customs, forms of behavior, etc., in a society: The folk are the bearers of oral tradition.
  4. All his folks come from France.
    1. members of one's family; one's relatives:All his folks come from France.
    2. one's parents:Will your folks let you go?
  5. a people or tribe.
  6. (of persons) simple, unaffected, unsophisticated, or open-hearted people: He enjoyed visiting his grandparents because they were just folks.
  1. of or originating among the common people: folk beliefs; a folk hero.
  2. having unknown origins and reflecting the traditional forms of a society: folk culture; folk art.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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