- 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.
populace definition by Webster's New World
- the common people; the masses
- population (sense )
Origin: French ; from Italian popolaccio, mob, rabble ; from popolo ; from Classical Latin populus, people
populace definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The general public; the masses.
- A population.
Origin: French, from Italian popolaccio, rabble, from popolo, the people, from Latin populus; see popular.