Usually, folks. (used with a plural verb) people in general: Folks say there wasn't much rain last summer.
Often, folks. (used with a plural verb) people of a specified class or group: country folk; poor folks.
(used with a plural verb) people as the carriers of culture, especially as representing the composite of social mores, customs, forms of behavior, etc., in a society: The folk are the bearers of oral tradition.
folks, Informal. members of one's family; one's relatives: All his folks come from France. one's parents: Will your folks let you go?