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noun peo·ple \ˈpē-pəl\
plural people

Definition of PEOPLE

1
plural :  humans making up a group or assembly or linked by a common interest
2
plural :  human beings, persons —often used in compounds instead of persons <salespeople> —often used attributively <people skills>
3
plural :  the members of a family or kinship
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plural :  the mass of a community as distinguished from a special class <disputes between the people and the nobles> —often used by Communists to distinguish Communists from other people
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plural peoples :  a body of persons that are united by a common culture, tradition, or sense of kinship, that typically have common language, institutions, and beliefs, and that often constitute a politically organized group
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:  lower animals usually of a specified kind or situation
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:  the body of enfranchised citizens of a state
peo·ple·less \-pə(l)-ləs\ adjective
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Examples of PEOPLE

  1. People can be really cruel sometimes.
  2. People think the coach should be fired.
  3. She tends to annoy people.
  4. People say it's impossible, but I'm still going to try.
  5. a book for young people
  6. a people who migrated across the Bering Strait
  7. the native peoples of Mexico

Origin of PEOPLE

Middle English peple, from Anglo-French pople, peple, peuple, from Latin populus
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt

Rhymes with PEOPLE

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verb

of people : to live or be in (a place)

: to put people in (something, such as a story)

peo·pledpeo·pling \-p(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of PEOPLE

transitive verb
1
:  to supply or fill with people
2
:  to dwell in :  inhabit

Examples of PEOPLE

  1. <a science-fiction novel about a mission to people Mars>

Origin of PEOPLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French popler, poeplier, from pople
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to PEOPLE

PEOPLE Defined for Kids

1people

noun peo·ple \ˈpē-pəl\
plural people or peoples

Definition of PEOPLE for Kids

1
:  all persons considered together <“Love makes people act crazy.” — Pam Zollman, Don't Bug Me!>
2
:  a group of human beings who have something in common <young people> <the people of Montana> Hint:The word people is often used in compounds instead of persons. <salespeople>
3
:  a body of persons making up a race, tribe, or nation <the peoples of Asia>

2people

verb
peo·pledpeo·pling

Definition of PEOPLE for Kids

1
:  to fill with human beings or a certain type of human beings <… her little world was peopled with imaginary friends … — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women>
2
:  to dwell on or in <Farmers people this part of the state.>
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