|—n , pl folk, folks|
|1.||(functioning as plural; often plural in form) people in general, esp those of a particular group or class: country folk|
|2.||informal (functioning as plural; usually plural in form) members of a family|
|3.||informal (functioning as singular) short for folk music|
|4.||a people or tribe|
|5.||(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]|
see just folks.
an ideal type or concept of society that is completely cohesive-morally, religiously, politically, and socially-because of the small numbers and isolated state of the people, because of the relatively unmediated personal quality of social interaction, and because the entire world of experience is permeated with religious meaning, the understanding and expression of which are shared by all members. The folk society is generally assumed to be the model of preliterate or so-called primitive societies that anthropologists have traditionally studied.
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