noun pop·u·lace \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

: the people who live in a country or area

Full Definition of POPULACE

:  the common people :  masses

Examples of POPULACE

  1. The populace has suffered greatly.
  2. <high officials awkwardly mingling with the general populace>

Origin of POPULACE

Middle French, from Italian popolaccio rabble, augmentative of popolo the people, from Latin populus
First Known Use: 1572

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture
POPULACE Defined for Kids


noun pop·u·lace \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

Definition of POPULACE for Kids

:  the common people
:  the people who live in a country or area :  population


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