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English noun: folk

1. folk (group) people in general (often used in the plural)

SamplesThey're just country folk.
Folks around here drink moonshine.
The common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next.

Synonymscommon people, folks

Broader (hypernym)people

Narrower (hyponym)country people, countryfolk, gentlefolk, grass roots, home folk, rabble, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff

Member holonympleb, plebeian

2. folk (group) a social division of (usually preliterate) people


Broader (hypernym)social group

Narrower (hyponym)phyle

Member holonymmoiety

3. folk (group) people descended from a common ancestor

SamplesHis family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower.

Synonymsfamily, family line, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept

Broader (hypernym)ancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, line, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock

Narrower (hyponym)dynasty, gens, homefolk, house, name, people

4. folk (communication) the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community

Synonymsethnic music, folk music

Broader (hypernym)popular music, popular music genre

Narrower (hyponym)C and W, country and western, country music, folk ballad, folk song, folksong, gospel, gospel singing, schottische, square-dance music

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