Populace is the group of people living in a particular area or location.
All of the people who live in a town are an example of the populace.
- the common people; the masses
- population (sense )
Origin of populaceFrench from Italian popolaccio, mob, rabble from popolo from Classical Latin populus, people
- The general public; the masses.
- A population.
Origin of populaceFrench from Italian popolaccio rabble from popolo the people from Latin populus ; see popular .
(countable and uncountable, plural populaces)
- Do not confuse populace (a noun) with populous (an adjective).
From Middle French populace, from Italian popolaccio.