Meaning of PEOPLE in English

■ plural noun

1》 human beings in general or considered collectively.

↘( the ~ ) the mass of citizens in a country; the populace.

2》 ( plural ~s ) [treated as sing. or plural ] a particular nation, community, or ethnic group: the native ~s of Canada.

3》 ( one's ~ ) one's employees or supporters.

4》 ( one's ~ ) dated one's parents or relatives.

■ verb

1》 (of a particular group of ~) inhabit.

↘fill or be present in.

2》 fill (an area or place) with a particular group of inhabitants.


~hood noun


ME: from Anglo-Norman Fr. poeple , from L. populus 'populace'.


On the distinction between ~ and persons , see usage at person .

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