Folk Folks, n. collect. & pl.
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.]
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.
n 1: 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" [syn: common
2: a social division of (usually preliterate) people [syn: tribe]
3: people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has
lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower" [syn: family,
family line, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry]
4: the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an
expression of the life of people in a community [syn: folk
music, ethnic music]