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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Folk  \Folk\  (f[=o]k),  Folks  \Folks\  (f[=o]ks),  n.  collect.  &  pl 
  [AS.  folc;  akin  to  D.  volk,  OS  &  OHG.  folk,  G.  volk,  Icel. 
  f[=o]lk,  Sw  &  Dan.  folk,  Lith.  pulkas  crowd,  and  perh.  to  E. 
  follow.] 
  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.]  --Bartlett. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  folk 
  adj  :  (of  music)  characteristic  of  rural  life  [syn:  {country(a)}, 
  {folk(a)},  {hillbilly},  {western(a)}] 
  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 
  people}] 
  2:  a  social  division  of  (usually  preliterate)  people  [syn:  {tribe}] 
  3:  people  descended  from  a  common  ancestor;  "his  family  had 
  lived  in  Masachusetts  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}] 




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