folk Definition

  • 1people in general
  • 2a group of people sharing a common characteristic, such as culture, history, or tradition
  • 3traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community

Using folk: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "folk" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Folk around here are very friendly.

  • Example

    The folk of this region have a rich cultural heritage.

  • Example

    He plays folk music on his guitar.

  • Example

    The festival features folk dances from different parts of the world.

folk Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for folk

Idioms Using folk

  • the knowledge and experience of everyday people, passed down through generations by word of mouth and observation.


    According to folk wisdom, drinking warm milk before bed helps you sleep better.

  • traditional remedies and practices used by people without formal medical training, especially those associated with indigenous or rural communities.


    Many people still rely on folk medicine for treating minor ailments.

  • a traditional dance of a particular country or region, typically performed by people in traditional costumes.


    The festival featured folk dances from different parts of the world.

Phrases with folk

  • artistic works, as paintings, sculpture, basketry, and utensils, produced typically in cultural isolation by untrained often anonymous artists or by artisans of varying degrees of skill and marked by such attributes as highly decorative design, bright bold colors, flattened perspective, strong forms in simple arrangements, and immediacy of meaning.


    The museum has a collection of folk art from around the world.

  • folk tale

    a story originating in popular culture, typically passed on by word of mouth.


    The book contains a collection of folk tales from different countries.

  • a person who is greatly admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities and who has become the subject of popular folklore.


    Robin Hood is a famous folk hero in English folklore.

Origins of folk

from Old English 'folc', meaning 'people, tribe, nation'


Summary: folk in Brief

The term 'folk' [foʊk] refers to people in general, as well as a group of people sharing a common characteristic like culture or tradition. It also refers to traditional and typically anonymous music that expresses the life of people in a community. Examples include 'Folk around here are very friendly.' and 'He plays folk music on his guitar.' Phrases include 'folk art,' 'folk tale,' and 'folk hero.' Idioms include 'folk wisdom,' 'folk medicine,' and 'folk dance.'

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