Populace is the group of people living in a particular area or location.(noun)
All of the people who live in a town are an example of the populace.
See populace in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < It popolaccio, mob, rabble < popolo < L populus, people
See populace in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , from Italian popolaccio, rabble
Origin: , from popolo, the people
Origin: , from Latin populus; see popular.
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