Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

folk - definition and synonyms

 
 
Close
What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close
ThesaurusThesaurus
Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun     folk pronunciation in American English
/foʊk/
  1. 1

    folk

    or

    folks

    [plural] informal people in general

    A lot of folks are upset at the changes.

    1. a.
      people of a particular type or from a particular place

      Many of the older folk will remember Mrs. Poynton.

      Will local folks get employment in the new business?

      city folk

    2. b.

      folks

      [plural] spoken used for talking to a group of people

      That’s all, folks!

      What do you folks think?

  2. 2

    folks

    [plural] someone’s parents

    His folks bought him a car for his birthday.

  3. 3
    [uncountable]Sound effect folk music

    The city has annual jazz and folk festivals.

 
BuzzWord

deep learning

a form of machine learning which incorporates the use of neural networks

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

veal

meat from a young cow

Open Dictionary

snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play