noun pl. peoples
- 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
ME peple < Anglo-Fr poeple, people < OFr pople < L populus, nation, crowd < ?
transitive verb peopled, peopling
to fill with or as with people; populate; stock
Fr peupler < the n.