A group of people.
- An example of people is those living on the east coast.
- An example of people is Christians.
- An example of people is Italians.
- An example of people is Caucasians.
- An example of people is Spanish-speaking.
- An example of people is wealthy.
- An example of people is vegetarian.
- 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.
- a. Humans considered as a group or in indefinite numbers. Often treated as a plural of person, alone and in compounds: People were dancing in the street. I met all sorts of people. This book is not intended for laypeople.b. The mass of ordinary persons; the populace. Used with the : “those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes” ( Thomas Jefferson )
- a. A body of persons living in the same country under one national government; a nationality.b. The citizens of a political unit, such as a nation or state; the electorate. Used with the.
- pl. peo·ples A body of persons sharing a common religion, culture, or language: the peoples of central Asia.
- a. Persons with regard to their residence, class, profession, or group: city people; farming people.b. Persons subordinate to or loyal to a ruler, superior, or employer: The manager would like to introduce you to our people in the regional office.c. A person's family, relatives, or ancestors: Where are your people from?
- Informal Animals or other beings distinct from humans: Rabbits and squirrels are the furry little people of the woods.
transitive verbpeo·pled, peo·pling, peo·ples
- To settle or inhabit with people; populate.
- To be present in or on (a place): “The stores … are peopled by serious shoppers” ( Perri Klass )
Origin of peopleMiddle English peple from Old French pueple from Latin populus of Etruscan origin
(countable and uncountable, plural peoples)
- Used as plural of person; a body of human beings considered generally or collectively; a group of two or more persons.
- Why do so many people commit suicide?
- (plural peoples) Persons forming or belonging to a particular group, such as a nation, class, ethnic group, country, family, etc; folk; community.
- A group of persons regarded as being employees, followers, companions or subjects of a ruler.
- One's colleagues or employees.
- A person's ancestors, relatives or family.
- My people lived through the Black Plague and the Thirty Years War.
- The mass of a community as distinguished from a special class (elite); the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the common crowd; the citizens.
(third-person singular simple present peoples, present participle peopling, simple past and past participle peopled)
From Middle English peple, peeple, from Anglo-Norman people, from Old French pueple, peuple, pople (modern French peuple), from Latin populus (“people"), of unknown origin. Probably of non-Indo-European origin, from Etruscan. Gradually ousted native Middle English lede, leed (“people") (from Old English lÄ“ode).
Originally a singular noun (e.g. The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness --2 Samuel 17:29, King James Version), the plural aspect of people is probably due to influence from Middle English lede, leed, a plural since Old English times (compare Old English lÄ“ode (“people, men, persons"), plural of Old English lÄ“od (“man, person")). See also lede, leod.
people - Computer Definition
A group of persons with common historic, linguistic, national, racial, religious, or traditional ties. There are three basic types of people: those who can do math and those who can't.