Meaning of “folk” in the English Dictionary

"folk" in British English

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folknoun

uk /fəʊk/ us /foʊk/

folk noun (PEOPLE)

B2 [ plural ] mainly UK US usually folks people, especially those of a particular group or type:

old folk
Ordinary folk can't afford cars like that.
folks [ plural ]

[ as form of address ] informal used when speaking informally to a group of people:

All right, folks, dinner's ready!

B2 someone's parents:

I'm going home to see my folks.

More examples

  • Can I get you folks some drinks?
  • The folk around here are unhappy about the proposed motorway.
  • The law is designed to protect folk like us.
  • Can the folks at the back hear me?
  • There are a lot of old folk in the village.

folkadjective [ before noun ]

uk /fəʊk/ us /foʊk/

(Definition of “folk” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"folk" in American English

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folkadjective [ not gradable ]

us /foʊk/

traditional to or typical of the people of a particular group or country:

folk art/dance

(Definition of “folk” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)