Meaning of PEOPLE in English


Pronunciation: ' p ē -p ə l

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural people

Etymology: Middle English peple, from Anglo-French pople, peple, peuple, from Latin populus

Date: 13th century

1 plural : human beings making up a group or assembly or linked by a common interest

2 plural : HUMAN BEINGS , PERSONS ― often used in compounds instead of persons <sales people > ― often used attributively < people skills>

3 plural : the members of a family or kinship

4 plural : the mass of a community as distinguished from a special class <disputes between the people and the nobles> ― often used by Communists to distinguish Communists from other people

5 plural peoples : a body of persons that are united by a common culture, tradition, or sense of kinship, that typically have common language, institutions, and beliefs, and that often constitute a politically organized group

6 : lower animals usually of a specified kind or situation

7 : the body of enfranchised citizens of a state

– peo · ple · less \ -p ə (l)-l ə s \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.