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 His is a muscular belief, expressing itself in exhortations from the pulpit and, soon enough, in miracles restoring the health of various townspeople. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 Dark; the townspeople show up and hang the witches, because the inhabitants of Salem at this time were famously witchphobic. Emma Specter, Vogue, 19 Oct. 2021 On October 14, the royal couple traveled from Punakha to Thimphu on foot along windy Himalayan roads, greeted by townspeople and children who lined the decorated street. Stephanie Petit,, 13 Oct. 2021 Many of his students first came to the field after taking one of his always oversubscribed survey courses, in which the number of registered students was frequently matched by auditors, drop-ins and even townspeople who had heard about his lectures., 10 Oct. 2021 The idea works but sews dissension among the townspeople. Jeffrey Sipe, Variety, 7 Oct. 2021 The album is a concept record about life in Nephi told from the perspective of various townspeople that touches on everything from prescription drug abuse and poverty to crime, homophobia, and depression. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 24 Sep. 2021 Other critics, however, argued that the film empowered the townspeople, even if many of them met a gruesome end. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 There's fishing, monsters to slay, quests to complete for the local townspeople, and even the possibility of a budding romance. Simon Hill, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of townspeople

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of townspeople was in 1587

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“Townspeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of townspeople

: the people who live in a town or city

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