little people

plural noun

Definition of little people

1 : tiny imaginary beings (such as fairies, elves, and leprechauns) of folklore
2 : children
3 : people of unusually short stature
4 : common people

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According to the Chicago Tribune, Maren was the final surviving Munchkin actor from the 124 little people who starred in The Wizard of Oz. Stephanie Petit,, "Wizard of Oz's Last Surviving Munchkin Jerry Maren Dies at 98," 6 June 2018 To encourage him to do some of these little people, in addition to more controversial cases. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Barr’s Push for Iran-Contra Pardons Likely to Emerge in Confirmation Hearing," 28 Dec. 2018 But little people like us, protesting in our little corners, coaxed money for research and cocktail therapies and protease inhibitors. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tim has left us, but the fight continues," 14 May 2018 My three little people have totally different schedules to keep track of, and my baby girl has her own agenda. Rachel Hollis, Time, "Why I Decided to Be An Imperfect Mother," 27 Feb. 2018 But shared interests emerge as the babies develop into little people with their own personalities, interests, and demands. Stephanie Feuer, Good Housekeeping, "What It's Like Raising My Son As An “Older” Mom," 3 Nov. 2017 Maren, a Boston native, was best known for playing a member of the Lollipop Guild, the group of little people who welcome Dorothy to Munchkin Land in Oz. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Jerry Maren, last surviving Munchkin from 'Wizard of Oz,' dies at 98," 6 June 2018 These miniatures also provide her with some sense of control, an ability to move these little people that look like her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne), and son Peter (Alex Wolff), around. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Hereditary' Is Dividing Audiences," 10 June 2018 What’s most surprising about the tremendous success of the 8086, though, is how little people expected of it when it was first conceived. Benj Edwards, PCWorld, "Birth of a standard: The Intel 8086 microprocessor turns 40 today," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of little people

circa 1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of little people

: ordinary people who are not wealthy, famous, or powerful
: people of unusually small size
: very small imaginary beings (especially leprechauns) with magical powers

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