the people

noun (1)

Definition of the people

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the ordinary people in a country who do not have special power or privileges She is well-liked as a senator because she listens to the people. the common people

the People

noun (2)

Definition of the People (Entry 2 of 2)

US, law
used to refer to the government of the U.S. or of a particular state in the name of a legal caseThe People vs. John Doe

Learn More about the people

Statistics for the people

Cite this Entry

“The people.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20people. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

Comments on the people

What made you want to look up the people? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!