Folk vs Lore - What's the difference?

folk | lore |

As a noun folk

is people.

As an adjective lore is




Alternative forms

* voke, volk, volke (dialectal)


  • Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of a land, their culture, tradition, or history.
  • Of or pertaining to common people as opposed to ruling classes or elites.
  • (architecture) Of or related to local building materials and styles.
  • Believed or transmitted by the common people; not academically correct or rigorous.
  • folk''' psychology; '''folk linguistics


  • (archaic) A grouping of smaller peoples or tribes as a nation.
  • * J. R. Green
  • The organization of each folk , as such, sprang mainly from war.
  • The inhabitants of a region, especially the native inhabitants.
  • *1907 , Race Prejudice , Jean Finot, p. 251:
  • *:We thus arrive at a most unexpected imbroglio. The French have become a Germanic folk' and the Germanic ' folk have become Gaulish!
  • One’s relatives, especially one’s parents.
  • (music) Folk music.
  • (plural only) People in general.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=“[…] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes
  • (plural only) A particular group of people.
  • Derived terms

    * folk devil * folk etymology * folk hero * folklore * folk medicine * folk memory * folk music * folkster * folksy





    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) lore, from (etyl) '', German ''Lehre . See also (l).


  • all the facts and traditions about a particular subject that have been accumulated over time through education or experience.
  • the lore of the Ancient Egyptians
  • * Milton
  • His fair offspring, nursed in princely lore .
  • The backstory created around a fictional universe.
  • (obsolete) workmanship
  • (Spenser)
    Derived terms
    * birdlore * booklore * catlore * doglore * faxlore * fishlore * folklore * photocopylore * woodlore * wortlore * xeroxlore

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • (anatomy) The region between the eyes and nostrils of birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
  • (anatomy) The anterior portion of the cheeks of insects.
  • Derived terms
    * lored

    Etymology 3


  • (obsolete) (lose)
  • * Spenser
  • Neither of them she found where she them lore .


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