Associations to the word «Folk»


FOLK, adjective. Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a land, their culture, tradition, or history.
FOLK, adjective. Of or pertaining to common people as opposed to ruling classes or elites.
FOLK, adjective. (architecture) Of or related to local building materials and styles.
FOLK, adjective. Believed or transmitted by the common people; not academically correct or rigorous.
FOLK, noun. (archaic) A grouping of smaller peoples or tribes as a nation.
FOLK, noun. The inhabitants of a region, especially the native inhabitants.
FOLK, noun. (plural only) (plural: folks) One’s relatives, especially one’s parents.
FOLK, noun. (music) Folk music.
FOLK, noun. (plural only) People in general.
FOLK, noun. (plural only) A particular group of people.
FOLK CULTURE, noun. The artistic entertainment and material artifacts of a society's peasantry and/or least learned members, usually involving small-scale household production representative of a unique local community without regard to a wider vernacular.
FOLK DANCE, noun. Any dance traditionally performed by the common people of a specific region.
FOLK DANCES, noun. Plural of folk dance
FOLK DEVIL, noun. (idiomatic) (sociology) A person or type of person blamed by the public for various ills, as during a moral panic.
FOLK DEVILS, noun. Plural of folk devil
FOLK ETYMOLOGIES, noun. Plural of folk etymology
FOLK ETYMOLOGIST, noun. One who produces folk etymology.
FOLK ETYMOLOGISTS, noun. Plural of folk etymologist
FOLK ETYMOLOGY, noun. A misunderstanding of the etymology of a word; a false etymology that incorrectly explains the origin of a word.
FOLK ETYMOLOGY, noun. A modification of a word or its spelling resulting from such a misunderstanding, as with island, belfry, and hangnail.
FOLK HERO, noun. A real or mythical person who is widely revered by ordinary people, for championing their interests, values, or aspirations.
FOLK HOUSE, noun. A house of the style that is predominant in the particular time and place referred to; an average house, an ordinary house.
FOLK ILLNESS, noun. (medicine) (anthropology) A combination of psychiatric and somatic symptoms that are considered to be a recognizable disease only within a specific society or culture.
FOLK MEDICINE, noun. (uncountable) Traditional medical practices developed and used by nonphysicians, typically involving customary homespun techniques and medicinal remedies derived from native plants.
FOLK MEDICINE, noun. (countable) A particular medicinal remedy used in such traditional medical practices.
FOLK MEMORY, noun. (set phrase) The collective lore, beliefs, and traditional stories which help to define a society, culture, or nation.
FOLK METAL, noun. Alternative spelling of folk-metal
FOLK MUSIC, noun. Any genre of music originating from the ethnic community of a specific region, often passed down through oral tradition, without recorded songwriters and possessing a clear purpose or social function.
FOLK MUSIC, noun. Any contemporary music in the style of traditional folk music, especially a specific genre of originally American popular music that draws on Anglo-American musical forms.
FOLK PUNK, noun. (music) A genre of usually acoustic punk rock influenced by folk music.
FOLK RELIGION, noun. Ethinic or regional religious customs under the umbrella of an organized religion, but outside of official doctrine and practices.
FOLK RELIGIONIST, noun. One who follows a folk religion.
FOLK RELIGIONS, noun. Plural of folk religion
FOLK ROCK, noun. A subgenre of rock music combining elements of folk music.
FOLK SINGER, noun. Alternative spelling of folksinger, someone who sings folk music.
FOLK SINGERS, noun. Plural of folk singer
FOLK SONG, noun. (music) A song, in any folk style, originating among ordinary people, usually non-professional musicians, and handed down by oral tradition.
FOLK SONG, noun. (music) A song in the style of folk music, a modern genre of popular music.
FOLK SONGS, noun. Plural of folk song
FOLK TALE, noun. Alternative spelling of folktale
FOLK TAXONOMY, noun. The vernacular naming or classification of things on the basis of cultural tradition, rather than on scientific principles

Dictionary definition

FOLK, noun. People in general (often used in the plural); "they'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".
FOLK, noun. A social division of (usually preliterate) people.
FOLK, noun. People descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower".
FOLK, noun. The traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community.

Wise words

Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
Noam Chomsky