people

noun
peo·​ple | \ ˈpē-pəl How to pronounce people (audio) \
plural people

Definition of people

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 plural : human beings 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
4 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
5 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
6 : lower animals usually of a specified kind or situation
7 : the body of enfranchised citizens of a state

people

verb
peopled; peopling\ ˈpē-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce people (audio) \

Definition of people (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from people

Noun

peopleless \ ˈpē-​pə(l)-​ləs How to pronounce people (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for people

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of people in a Sentence

Noun People can be really cruel sometimes. People think the coach should be fired. She tends to annoy people. People say it's impossible, but I'm still going to try. a book for young people a people who migrated across the Bering Strait the native peoples of Mexico Verb a science-fiction novel about a mission to people Mars
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The seven people charged with murder are: Gamron Tedford, Kavon Donaldson, Clayton Hagan, Jaylen Ryle, David Sparks, Lasean Watkins and Delance Hatcher. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, 10 June 2021 Health officials have repeatedly cautioned that the only people now ending up in the region's hospitals are unvaccinated. Mark Wert, The Enquirer, 10 June 2021 By far, the most people reported cicadas being thick in the Highlands neighborhood, with more than 35 comments and emails. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 10 June 2021 Trump ordered last August that the app, which lets users share video clips and is especially popular with young people, be sold to an American firm or face a ban in the U.S. Jenny Leonard, Fortune, 9 June 2021 After all, where would Twitter, Reddit, or TikTok be without the people who supply them with content? Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, 9 June 2021 Vaccinated America is reveling in its freedom—and leaving the most vulnerable people behind. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 9 June 2021 Five years since that night, Orlando Sentinel senior reporter Kate Santich talks to survivors of the shooting and the people working to honor those who did not. Orlando Sentinel Podcasts, orlandosentinel.com, 9 June 2021 The ProPublica investigation found that, on a single day in 2017, about 30% of the young people confined to detention and residential facilities in Michigan were there for noncriminal offenses, compared with 17% for the country overall. Dave Boucher And Jodi Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Copenhagen Trilogy, by contrast, is fastidiously unjudgmental toward those who people it, including its author, though an autobiographical account is an ideal vehicle of complaint. Deborah Eisenberg, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2021 Protests have mostly been peopled by the young, those on college campuses and those who can take a day off to vent without bearing much consequence. Sarah Haselhorst, Cincinnati.com, 2 June 2020 In Maricopa County, 196 peopled are thought to have died from heat exposure last summer, up from 182 the year before. Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2020 The upper part of the valley is well peopled, and many of the hills are cultivated high up. Scientific American, 20 Apr. 2020 Inside, the small, low-ceilinged rooms are peopled with pilgrims. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2020 Most of the floors had at least a few offices with the lights on, at least some of them peopled with executives trying to figure out what to do now. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, 20 Mar. 2020 Both writers invented a place and, in novel after novel, peopled it with the same characters. Edmund White, Harper's magazine, 6 Jan. 2020 The cybersecurity company partnered with Harris Poll to interview more than 2,000 peopled about their sentiments and tendencies surrounding digital spying. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of people

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for people

Noun

Middle English peple, from Anglo-French pople, peple, peuple, from Latin populus

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French popler, poeplier, from pople

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The first known use of people was in the 13th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“People.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/people. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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people

noun

English Language Learners Definition of people

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: individual human beings
: human beings as a group : all or most people
: a group of people who share a quality, interest, etc.

people

verb

English Language Learners Definition of people (Entry 2 of 2)

formal
of people : to live or be in (a place)
: to put people in (something, such as a story)

people

noun
peo·​ple | \ ˈpē-pəl How to pronounce people (audio) \
plural people or peoples

Kids Definition of people

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

people

verb
peopled; peopling

Kids Definition of people (Entry 2 of 2)

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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