Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A general assembly of the people of a town, district, or shire in medieval England.

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  • n. A general meeting (assembly) of the people of a town, district, or shire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Formerly, in England, an assembly of the shire, containing representatives from townships and hundreds; also, a local court.
  • n. A place where assemblies of the people were held.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English folcmōt : folc, folk; see folk + mōt, meeting.

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From Old English folcġemōt ("meeting of the people of a town or district"), equivalent to folk +‎ moot.

Examples

  • No, we must attack now, before he awaits us - catch him unawares, overwhelm his guardsmen - they do not much outnumber you who are here - slay Ermanaric in one quick, clean blow, and afterward call a folkmoot to pick a new king who shall be righteous. "

    Time Patrolman

  • During my wanderfoot days, I watched many a one drowse off where he sat to try a lawsuit or preside over a folkmoot.

    Hokas Pokas

  • We trust the Talyinan national folkmoot will follow a similar course of development.

    Hokas Pokas

  • "He is an important man, after all, his voice strong in the folkmoot, and-and very busy while the fleet is here, not just as a chandler but-well, when you deal with men of many nations, it becomes politics and schemes and -" He was not wont to speak thus awkwardly.

    The Boat of a Million Years

  • "He is an important man, after all, his voice strong in the folkmoot, and-and very busy while the fleet is here, not just as a chandler but-well, when you deal with men of many nations, it becomes politics and schemes and-" He was not wont to speak thus awkwardly.

    The Boat of a Million Years

  • If the accused did not appear on the day named for the trial, he was outlawed at the folkmoot.

    The Customs of Old England

  • As opposed, say, to killing someone else's sheep, or hauling them up before the folkmoot assembly.

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  • Annual closings are how modern owners assert their dominion as opposed, say, to killing someone's sheep, or hauling him up before the folkmoot assembly.

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