plural noun
towns·​peo·​ple | \ˈtau̇nz-ˌpē-pəl \

Definition of townspeople 

1 : the inhabitants of a town or city : townsmen

2 : town-dwelling or town-bred persons

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In similar cases, prosecutors have been able to identify and arrest suspects because townspeople often record attacks on their cellphones and post videos online. Fox News, "Mexico mob kills detective, injures 3 others in attack," 28 Sep. 2018 Wind Gap’s teenagers don’t draw the line at much, but the townspeople’s general suspicion of John seems to have spread to the younger generation, and so now John and Ashley are outcasts. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 Volunteer organizations, from the fire department and ambulance corps to the Masons, Lions, Elks and Knights of Columbus help keep the townspeople connected, as does a popular Facebook group, Ridgefield Park Moms. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018 In Dara'a, there have been reports that townspeople have sought an agreement with the government to head off violence in recent days, but the rebels refused to ratify it. New York Times, "Syrian Assault Flouts U.S.-Backed Cease-Fire and Sets Off New Exodus," 29 June 2018 The strongest voices in the aftermath of Sanders' visit, townspeople say, are not their own. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders visits the Red Hen, and Lexington, Virginia, reels in the aftermath," 26 June 2018 There are also rules: residents must present an ID card to pass through the barricades and looting is prohibited, although townspeople said pro-government gangs had ransacked some of the stores. Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "Nicaragua's revolutionary town now a war zone defended by teenagers armed with rocks," 7 June 2018 On a hill is the grove of trees that Manuel planted for townspeople to enjoy. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 But the army — stung by a previous encounter where troops were ambushed by townspeople — didn’t arrive. Washington Post, "In Mexico, rising ‘mass crime’ defies security forces," 27 June 2018

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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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