n. pl. folk
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.
2. folks Informal People in general: Folks around here are very friendly.
3. often folks People of a specified group or kind: city folks; rich folk.
4. 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.
Of, occurring in, or originating among the common people: folk culture; a folk hero.
just folks Informal
, pl folk or folks
1. (functioning as plural; often plural in form) people in general, esp those of a particular group or class: country folk.
2. (functioning as plural; usually plural in form) informal members of a family
(Music, other) (functioning as singular
short for folk music
4. a people or tribe
5. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (modifier) relating to, originating from, or traditional to the common people of a country: a folk song.
[Old English folc; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old High German folk]
1. Usu., folks. (used with a pl. v.) people in general.
2. Often, folks. (used with a pl. v.) people of a specified class or group: country folk; poor folks.
3. (used with a pl. v.) people as the carriers of culture, esp. as representing a society's mores, customs, and traditions.
4. folks, Informal.
a. members of one's family; one's relatives.
b. one's parents.
5. Archaic. a people or tribe. adj.
6. of or originating among the common people: folk beliefs; folk dances.
7. having unknown origins and reflecting the traditional forms of a society: folk art.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English folc]
Folk people 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.
Country folk are a suspicious lot.
She was like all the old folk, she did everything in strict rotation.
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.
I don't even have time to write letters to my folks.
Vera's visiting her folks up in Paducah.
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.
That's all for tonight, folks.
They saw me drive out of town taking you folks up to McCaslin.
|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"
- people of good family and breeding and high social status
- the common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity)
|2.||folk - a social division of (usually preliterate) people|moiety
- one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe
- 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?"
- the people of your home locality (especially your own family); "he wrote his homefolk every day"
- aristocratic family line; "the House of York"
- a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
- family based on male descent; "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"
, line of descent
- the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"
|4.||folk - the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community|schottische
- music performed for dancing the schottische
- 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)
) → gens mpl
old folks → personnes fpl âgées
[band, artist, revival
] → folk inv
; [musician, festival, concert
] → de folk, de musique folk
: = relatives
: also folks
) my folks
→ meine Leute (inf)
; the old folk(s) stayed at home
→ die alten Herrschaften blieben zu Haus
n → Volksmedizin f
folk [fəʊk] n
(also folk music
) → folk m inv
folk (fouk) noun plural
(especially American folks
) people. The folk in this town are very friendly. mense أناس хора gente lidé die Leute (pl.) folk; mennesker άνθρωποιgente rahvas مردم kansa gensאנשים लोग, जनता, लोक परम्परानुसार ljudi nép rakyat fólk gente 人々 사람들 žmonės, liaudis ļaudis orang mensenfolkludzie خلک gente oameni люди ľudia ljudje narod folk ประชาชน halk 人們 люди لوگ người 人们
folks noun plural
(of the traditions) of the common people of a country. folk customs; folk dance; folk music. volksagtig شَعْبي، ريفي народен folclórico lidový Volks-... folke- λαϊκός, δημώδης popular, folclórico rahva- محلی؛ بومی kansan populaire, folkloriqueעממי लोक narodan nép-, népi rakyat alþÿðu-, þjóð- folcloristico, popolare; folk 民衆の 민간의 liaudies, liaudinis tautas- rakyat volks-folke-ludowy اولسی، خلقی folclórico popular, folk народный ľudový ljudski narodni folk- เกี่ยวกับขนบประเพณีของชาวบ้าน halka ait 民間的 народний عوامی، روایتی dân tộc; dân gian 民间的
one's family. My folks all live nearby. mense; familiie عائِلَة الشَّخْص роднини família rodina meine, etc. Leute forældre; familie η οικογένεια κπ. (λαϊκ.) familia omaksed قوم و خویش suku famille הָהוֹרִים परिवार rodbina, obitelj hozzátartozók keluarga fjölskylda parenti 家族 가족 namiškiai, maniškiai radi; piederīgie keluarga familiefamilie, slektrodzina, krewni قوم، خپلوان família familie родные rodina domači rodbina familj สมาชิกในครอบครัวโดยเฉพาะพ่อแม่ aile 親屬 рідня, родина کنبہ والے người thân thuộc; họ hàng 亲属
the study of the customs, beliefs, stories, traditions etc
of a particular people. the folklore of the American Indians. volkskunde; volksoorlewerings عادات الشَّعْب وَتقاليدُه، فولكلور фолклор folclore folklór die Volkskunde folklore; folkeminder λαογραφίαfolclore rahvaluule توده شناسی kansanperinne folkloreפולקלור लोक कथा folklor folklór cerita rakyat þjóðfræði folclore 民間伝承 민속학 folkloras, tautosaka folklora cerita rakyat folklorefolkeminne, folklorefolklor فولكلور، اولس پوهه (دخلكو دود،انګيرنى ، اد بيات، موسيقى اونور) folclore folclor фольклор folklór folklora folklor folkminnesforskning, folklore คติชาวบ้าน folklor 民俗學，民間傳說 фольклор عوامی حکایات văn hoá dân gian 民俗学，民间传说