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

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First, and justifiably, the farmers and townspeople of upstate New York, who did not engineer their own inconvenience. Philip P. Ardery Jr., National Review, "Upon a Time in Woodstock," 10 Aug. 2019 The wrangling to secure a venue was a bit like what Lang went through in attempting to mount Woodstock 50; townspeople near the initial site voted to thwart the plans, which sent the Woodstock organizers scrambling with only weeks left. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Woodstock Can Never Happen Again," 6 Aug. 2019 In Exeter, Rhode Island, after several members of one family had died of tuberculosis, townspeople exhumed the corpse of a girl who had died of the disease a few months earlier. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New England ‘Vampire’ Was Likely a Farmer Named John," 5 Aug. 2019 The case garnered international attention in the 1980s when the victim — Ken Rex McElroy, who had terrorized tiny Skidmore, Mo., for decades — was fatally shot in front of nearly 60 townspeople. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019: ‘Shark Week’ on Discovery Channel," 1 Aug. 2019 Traditionally, when a respected man in Isi Enu dies, the townspeople honor him by playing an igede—a percussion instrument made from wood and animal skin. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 Abu Hamam was taken the next day and the remaining townspeople rounded up. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 Some townspeople felt bad and brought him a bouquet of magnolias in the hospital. Cian Maher, The Verge, "Welcome to Lower Duck Pond, a fake town of 82,000 people," 1 Aug. 2019 Early episodes — about a town ravaged by what the townspeople believed to be a violent beast, the origins of an early asylum and a particularly creepy doll — prove especially haunting. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Best History Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of townspeople

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of townspeople

: the people who live in a town or city

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