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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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 In addition, some other little people in the entertainment business have faced substance abuse problems, altough the LPA notes that people with dwarfism are not predisposed to any substance abuse issues. Fox News, "Verne Troyer's death the latest tragedy for Hollywood's community of little people," 23 Apr. 2018 Even when viewed from very high up, through the lens of a thing that’s been alive since before Jesus, all these little people with their short, busy lives and blinding passions are very dear indeed. Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times, "The Heroes of This Novel Are Centuries Old and 300 Feet Tall," 9 Apr. 2018 Maren, who stood just 4-feet-3, was one of more than 100 little people recruited to play munchkins in the movie. NBC News, "Last surviving 'Wizard of Oz' munchkin Jerry Maren dies," 7 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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