folk

[fohk]
noun
1.
Usually, folks. (used with a plural verb) people in general: Folks say there wasn't much rain last summer.
2.
Often, folks. (used with a plural verb) people of a specified class or group: country folk; poor folks.
3.
(used with a plural verb) people as the carriers of culture, especially as representing the composite of social mores, customs, forms of behavior, etc., in a society: The folk are the bearers of oral tradition.
4.
folks, Informal.
a.
members of one's family; one's relatives: All his folks come from France.
b.
one's parents: Will your folks let you go?
5.
Archaic. a people or tribe.
adjective
6.
of or originating among the common people: folk beliefs; a folk hero.
7.
having unknown origins and reflecting the traditional forms of a society: folk culture; folk art.
Idioms
8.
just folks, Informal. (of persons) simple, unaffected, unsophisticated, or open-hearted people: He enjoyed visiting his grandparents because they were just folks.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English folc; cognate with Old Saxon, Old Norse folk, Old High German folk (German Volk)


4. kinfolk, kin, relations, people; clan, tribe.
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folk (fəʊk)
 
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]
 
'folkish
 
adj
 
'folkishness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

folk
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 been borrowed from P.Gmc. Some have attempted, without success, to link the word to Gk. plethos "multitude;" L. plebs "people, mob," populus "people" or vulgus. Superseded in most senses by people.
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Idioms & Phrases

folk

see just folks.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Encyclopedia

folk

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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Example sentences
Its base might have been in raw folk music, but any edge it possessed had been
  carefully smoothed.
Legislation puts calories on a package but folk fail to relate how much energy
  is available vs what a body needs.
The artistic, architectural and folk heritage representative of these cultures
  is celebrated.
Plus all the other university stuff that normal folk do elsewhere.
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