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 Dictionary entry overview: What does folks mean? 

FOLKS (noun)
  The noun FOLKS has 2 senses:

1. your parents
2. people in general (often used in the plural)

  Familiarity information: FOLKS used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FOLKS (noun)

Sense 1folks [BACK TO TOP]


Your parents

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

he wrote to his folks every day

Hypernyms ("folks" is a kind of...):

clan; kin; kin group; kindred; kinship group; tribe (group of people related by blood or marriage)

Domain usage:

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)

Sense 2folks [BACK TO TOP]


People in general (often used in the plural)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects


common people; folk; folks

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("folks" is a kind of...):

people ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively)

Meronyms (members of "folks"):

pleb; plebeian (one of the common people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "folks"):

country people; countryfolk (people raised in or living in a rural environment; rustics)

gentlefolk (people of good family and breeding and high social status)

grass roots (the common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity))

home folk (folks from your own home town)

rabble; ragtag; ragtag and bobtail; riffraff (disparaging terms for the common people)

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