Folk song
Folk Folk (f[=o]k), Folks Folks (f[=o]ks), n. collect. & pl. [AS. folc; akin to D. volk, OS. & OHG. folk, G. volk, Icel. f[=o]lk, Sw. & Dan. folk, Lith. pulkas crowd, and perh. to E. follow.] 1. (Eng. Hist.) In Anglo-Saxon times, the people of a group of townships or villages; a community; a tribe. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The organization of each folk, as such, sprang mainly from war. --J. R. Green. [1913 Webster]

2. People in general, or a separate class of people; -- generally used in the plural form, and often with a qualifying adjective; as, the old folks; poor folks. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

In winter's tedious nights, sit by the fire With good old folks, and let them tell thee tales. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. The persons of one's own family; as, our folks are all well. [Colloq. New Eng.] --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]

{Folk song}, one of a class of songs long popular with the common people.

{Folk speech}, the speech of the common people, as distinguished from that of the educated class. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • folk song — folk songs also folksong N COUNT A folk song is a traditional song that is typical of a particular community or nation …   English dictionary

  • folk song — folk ,song noun count 1. ) a traditional song from a particular region or community, especially one that was developed by people who were not professional musicians 2. ) a modern popular song developed from traditional songs that has a simple… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • folk-song — /folkˈsɔn(g), ingl. ˈfəlkˌsoŋ/ [vc. ingl., propriamente «canto popolare»] s. m. inv. canto popolare …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • folk song — folk′ song n. mad a song originating among the people of an area, passed by oral tradition from one generation to the next • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • Folk-Song — Musique folk La musique folk désigne trois genres musicaux proches, mais distincts : La folk music désignait d abord dans les pays où la langue anglaise domine (États Unis, Angleterre, Irlande, Écosse, Canada), la musique populaire… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • folk song — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms folk song : singular folk song plural folk songs 1) a traditional song from a particular region or community, especially one that was developed by people who were not professional musicians 2) a modern popular… …   English dictionary

  • folk song — noun a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture • Syn: ↑folksong, ↑folk ballad • Hypernyms: ↑folk music, ↑ethnic music, ↑folk, ↑song, ↑vocal …   Useful english dictionary

  • folk-song — {{hw}}{{folk song}}{{/hw}}locuz. sost. m. inv.  (pl.  ingl. folk songs ) Canto popolare caratterizzato da contenuti spec. sociali o di protesta …   Enciclopedia di italiano

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