Definition of volk in English:


nounPlural volke

  • 1South African A nation or people, in particular the Afrikaner people.

    • ‘He was a white, male Afrikaner from the heartland of the volk, the Free State.’
    • ‘Many commentators were seduced by the power of the Afrikaners' own myths - their preoccupation with apparently archaic ethnic concerns about volk and the obsessive ideology of race.’
    • ‘Donning the false modesty worn by Those Who Talk to Voters, he should describe how he humbly listens to the volk, while making it clear that only someone as brilliant as himself could discern national trends from 13 conversations.’
  • 2The German people (with reference to Nazi ideology).

    • ‘In Germany various strands of spiritualist thought, descended from Romanticism, informed the idea of the German people - the volk - as an ethical, socially united, patriarchal, ethnic, and linguistic community.’
    • ‘To such Germans, Jews seemed hyper-modernists, thriving on the forces that threatened the volk.’
    • ‘But how many on the right, aside from Schmitt, explicitly rejected German Romanticism - the main current of German conservatism, with its organicist ideas of the volk - as intellectually and politically bankrupt?’
    • ‘By 1902, under the leadership of Heinrich Cla, the Pan-Germans shifted their loyalty from the Kaiser to the volk.’


Dutch and Afrikaans.