Meaning of PEOPLE in English

I. ˈpē-pəl noun

( 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 -pə(l)-ləs adjective

II. transitive verb

( peo·pled ; peo·pling -p(ə-)liŋ)

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French popler, poeplier, from pople

Date: 15th century

1. : to supply or fill with people

2. : to dwell in : inhabit

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.