populace

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noun pop·u·lace \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

Definition of populace

  1. 1 :  the common people :  masses

  2. 2 :  population

Examples of populace in a sentence

  1. The populace has suffered greatly.

  2. high officials awkwardly mingling with the general populace

Did You Know?

Populace is usually used to refer to all the people of a country. Thus, we're often told that an educated and informed populace is essential for a healthy American democracy. Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous radio "Fireside Chats" informed and reassured the American populace in the 1930s as we struggled through the Great Depression. We often hear about what "the general populace" is thinking or doing, but generalizing about something so huge can be tricky.

Origin and Etymology of populace

Medieval French, from Italian popolaccio rabble, augmentative of popolo the people, from Latin populus


First Known Use: 1572


POPULACE Defined for English Language Learners

populace

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noun pop·u·lace \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

Definition of populace for English Language Learners

  • : the people who live in a country or area


POPULACE Defined for Kids

populace

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noun pop·u·lace \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

Definition of populace for Students

  1. 1 :  the common people

  2. 2 :  the people who live in a country or area :  population



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