- all the persons of a racial, national, religious, or linguistic group; nation, race, etc.: the peoples of the world
- a group of persons with common traditional, historical, or cultural ties, as distinct from racial or political unity: the Jewish people
- Archaic a group of creatures: the ant people
Origin of peopleMiddle English peple from Anglo-French poeple, people from Old French pople from Classical Latin populus, nation, crowd from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- pl. of person (sense )
- the persons belonging to a certain place, community, or class: the people of Iowa, people of wealth
- the members of a group under the leadership, influence, or control of a particular person or body, as members of a group of servants, royal subjects, etc.
- the members of (someone's) class, occupation, set, race, tribe, etc.: the miner spoke for his people
- one's relatives or ancestors; family
- persons without wealth, influence, privilege, or distinction; members of the populace
- the citizens or electorate of a state
- persons considered indefinitely: people are funny
- human beings, as distinct from other animals
transitive verb-·pled, -·pling
Origin of peopleFr peupler < the n.