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Folkpeople in general; members of a family. See also kinsfolk.
Folk and folks are sometimes used to refer to particular groups of people. Both these words are plural nouns. You always use a plural form of a verb with them.
Folk is sometimes used with a modifier to refer to all the people who have a particular characteristic.
However, this is not a common use. You usually say country people or old people, rather than 'country folk' or 'old folk'.
Your folks are your close family, especially your mother and father. This usage is more common in American English than in British English.
Some people use folks when addressing a group of people in an informal way. This use is more common in American English than in British English.
|Noun||1.||folk - 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"|
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
gentlefolk - people of good family and breeding and high social status
grass roots - the common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity)
home folk - folks from your own home town
|2.||folk - a social division of (usually preliterate) people|
social group - people sharing some social relation
moiety - one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe
phyle - a tribe of ancient Athenians
|3.||folk - people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"|
people - members of a family line; "his people have been farmers for generations"; "are your people still alive?"
homefolk - the people of your home locality (especially your own family); "he wrote his homefolk every day"
house - aristocratic family line; "the House of York"
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
gens, name - family based on male descent; "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"
|4.||folk - the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community|
folk ballad, folk song, folksong - a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture
schottische - music performed for dancing the schottische
popular music, popular music genre - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
C and W, country and western, country music - a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments
gospel singing, gospel - folk music consisting of a genre of a cappella music originating with Black slaves in the United States and featuring call and response; influential on the development of other genres of popular music (especially soul)
square-dance music - music performed for square dancing
country/city folk → la gente de campo/ciudad
ordinary folk → la gente llana
they're strange folk here → aquí la gente es algo rara
the common folk → el pueblo
my folks (= parents) → mis viejos mpl; (= family) → mi familia
the old folks → los viejos
hello folks! → ¡hola, amigos!
folk dance N → baile m popular
folk dancing N → danza f folklórica
folk music N (traditional) → música f tradicional or folklórica; (contemporary) → música f folk
folk rock N → folk rock m
folk singer N → cantante mf de música folk
folk song N → canción f tradicional
folk tale N → cuento m popular
folk wisdom N → saber m popular