plural noun
towns·​peo·​ple | \ ˈtau̇nz-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce townspeople (audio) \

Definition of townspeople

1 : the inhabitants of a town or city : townsmen
2 : town-dwelling or town-bred persons

Examples of townspeople in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sturgis, South Dakota, seems the most logical location for the Jamboree, since the townspeople there are accustomed to a yearly influx of huge crowds. Trey Ellis, The New Yorker, "Be Very Prepared!," 9 Nov. 2020 Mando volunteers the townspeople of Mos Pelgo to serve as reinforcements, and the Tuskens offer to repay them with a vow of peace. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian is back—and it doesn't disappoint," 30 Oct. 2020 An early-morning walk of eight miles along Highway 83, accompanied by dozens of townspeople, to attend a celebratory Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "In Texas Towns Gutted by Covid-19, a Fragile Effort to Sustain a Cherished Sport," 22 Oct. 2020 Church bells are commonly rung as an alarm in emergencies, or toll to gather townspeople together. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, "Mexico halfway through quake restoration of old churches," 20 Oct. 2020 A few dozen townspeople came to watch, setting up lawn chairs near the table that held the the winners' trophies. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Westminster Dog Show, Surgeon General cited, Las Vegas casino to debut: News from around our 50 states," 23 Oct. 2020 The Jeffrey Mine employed thousands of townspeople and enriched Johns Manville, the American company that bought it in 1918. Washington Post, "‘Asbestos’ no more: Canadian town opts for less carcinogenic name," 20 Oct. 2020 More than a few of the townspeople named in this verbal indictment—including Maggie’s dearest friend Jill, who is described as not terribly bright—are guests at the barbecue. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Trouble With Maggie Cole’ Review: Secrets on the Record," 15 Oct. 2020 Driven by concern for their children, Tommy gathered the townspeople and began to bulldoze a road. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Places That Could Be Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of townspeople

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Townspeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of townspeople

: the people who live in a town or city

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