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 for folk
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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              The organization of each folk, as such, sprang
              mainly from war.                      --J. R. Green.
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     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.]
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              In winter's tedious nights, sit by the fire
              With good old folks, and let them tell thee tales.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. The persons of one's own family; as, our folks are all
        well. [Colloq. New Eng.] --Bartlett.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  folk
      n 1: 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" [syn: folk,
           folks, common people]
      2: a social division of (usually preliterate) people [syn:
         tribe, folk]
      3: people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has
         lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower" [syn: family,
         family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept,
         phratry]
      4: the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an
         expression of the life of people in a community [syn: folk
         music, ethnic music, folk]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  103 Moby Thesaurus words for "folk":
     Everyman, John Doe, Public, acknowledged, admitted, animal kingdom,
     blood, body politic, breed, brood, citizenry, clan, class,
     common man, commonwealth, community, community at large,
     constituency, conventional, cultural community, customary, deme,
     dwellers, established, estate, ethnic group, everybody, everyman,
     everyone, everywoman, family, fixed, folks, general public, gens,
     gentry, habitancy, hallowed, handed down, heroic, hoary, house,
     household, immemorial, inhabitants, inveterate, kind, kindred,
     legendary, line, lineage, linguistic community, long-established,
     long-standing, matriclan, men, menage, mythological, nation,
     nationality, of long standing, of the folk, oral, order, patriclan,
     people, people at large, people in general, persons, phratry,
     phyle, plant kingdom, polity, populace, population, prescriptive,
     public, race, received, recognized, rooted, sept, society, species,
     speech community, state, stem, stirps, stock, strain, time-honored,
     totem, traditional, tribe, tried and true, true-blue, understood,
     unwritten, venerable, whole people, world, worshipful,
     you and me
  
  

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