- used as plural of person; a body of human beings considered generally or collectively; a group of two or more persons.
- ( 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.
- 1611, Old Testament, King James Version, 2 Samuel 8:15,
- 1952, Old Testament, Revised Standard Version, Thomas Nelson & Sons, Isaiah 1:3,
- One's colleagues or employees.
- 2001, Vince Flynn, Transfer of Power, p. 250:
- 2008, Fern Michaels, Hokus Pokus, p. 184:
- A person's ancestors, relatives or family .
- The mass of a community as distinguished from a special class ( elite ); the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the common crowd; the citizens .
- ( plural: of person, human beings ): lede ( leod )
- ( persons belonging to a group ): collective, community, congregation, folk, nation, clan, tribe, race, class, caste, club
- ( followers ): fans, groupies, supporters
- ( ancestors or relatives ): kin, kith, folks
- ( mass of a community ): populace, commoners, citizenry
- ( transitive ) To stock with people or inhabitants; to fill as with people; to populate.
- ( intransitive ) To become populous or populated .
- ( transitive ) To inhabit; to occupy; to populate.
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 lēode ) .
Originally a singular noun ( eg. 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 lēode ( “people, men, persons” ), plural of Old English lēod ( “man, person” ) ). See also lede, leod .
Explanation of people by Wordnet Dictionary
- the Spanish people
- People ( pēp'l ), n. [OE. peple, people, OF. pueple, F. peuple, fr. L. populus. Cf. Populage, Public, Pueblo.]
1. The body of persons who compose a community, tribe, nation, or race; an aggregate of individuals forming a whole; a community; a nation.
Unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Gen. xlix. 10.
The ants are a people not strong. Prov. xxx. 25.
Before many peoples, and nations, and tongues. Rev. x. 11.
Earth's monarchs are her peoples. Whitter.
A government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people. T. Parker.
☞ Peopleis a collective noun, generally construed with a plural verb, and only occasionally used in the plural form ( peoples ), in the sense of nations or races.
2. Persons, generally; an indefinite number of men and women; folks; population, or part of population; as, “country people”; -- sometimes used as an indefinite subject or verb, like on in French, and man in German; as, “people in adversity”.
People were tempted to lend by great premiums. Swift.
People have lived twenty-four days upon nothing but water. Arbuthnot.
3. The mass of community as distinguished from a special class; the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the common crowd; as, “nobles and people”.
And strive to gain his pardon from the people. Addison.
4. With a possessive pronoun: One's ancestors or family; kindred; relations; as, “my people were English”. One's subjects; fellow citizens; companions; followers. “You slew great number of his people.” Shak.
Syn. -- People, Nation. When speaking of a state, we use people for the mass of the community, as distinguished from their rulers, and nation for the entire political body, including the rulers. In another sense of the term, nation describes those who are descended from the same stock; and in this sense the Germans regard themselves as one nation, though politically subject to different forms of government.
- People ( pēp'l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Peopled ( pēp'ld ) p. pr. & vb. n.; Peopling ( pēp'lĭng ).] [Cf. OF. popler, puepler, F. puepler. Cf. Populate.] To stock with people or inhabitants; to fill as with people; to populate. “Peopled heaven with angels.” Dryden.
As the gay motes that people the sunbeams. Milton.
Definition of people by GCIDE Dictionary