Definition of

Folk

  1. (noun, communication) the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
  2. (noun, group) people in general (often used in the plural)
    folks around here drink moonshine
    the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next
  3. (noun, group) people descended from a common ancestor
  4. (noun, group) a social division of (usually preliterate) people

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Origin of the word Folk

  1. O.E. folc "common people, men, tribe, multitude," from P.Gmc. *folkom (cf. O.Fris. folk, M.Du. volc, Ger. Volk "people"), from P.Gmc. *fulka-, perhaps originally "host of warriors;" cf. O.N. folk "people," also "army, detachment;" and Lith. pulkas "crowd," O.C.S. pluku "division of an army," both believed to have be… more

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