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 for folks
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) :

  folks
      n 1: your parents; "he wrote to his folks every day"
      2: 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "folks":
     agnate, ancestry, blood, blood relation, blood relative, brood,
     children, clansman, cognate, collateral, collateral relative,
     connections, consanguinean, distaff side, distant relation, enate,
     family, flesh, flesh and blood, german, get, hearth, homefolks,
     house, household, issue, kin, kindred, kinfolk, kinnery, kinsfolk,
     kinsman, kinsmen, kinswoman, kith and kin, menage, near relation,
     next of kin, offspring, people, posterity, relations, relatives,
     sib, sibling, spear kin, spear side, spindle kin, spindle side,
     sword side, tribesman, uterine kin
  
  

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