Pronunciation: (fōk),[key] —n. 1. Usually, folks.(used with a pl. v.) people in general: Folks say there wasn't much rain last summer. 2. Often, folks.(used with a pl. v.) people of a specified class or group: country folk; poor folks. 3. (used with a pl. v.) people as the carriers of culture, esp. as representing the composite of social mores, customs, forms of behavior, etc., in a society: The folk are the bearers of oral tradition. 4. folks,Informal. a. members of one's family; one's relatives: All his folks come from France. b. one's parents: Will your folks let you go? 5. Archaic.a people or tribe.
6. just folks,Informal.(of persons) simple, unaffected, unsophisticated, or open-hearted people: He enjoyed visiting his grandparents because they were just folks.
—adj. 1. of or originating among the common people: folk beliefs; a folk hero. 2. having unknown origins and reflecting the traditional forms of a society: folk culture; folk art.