plural noun
tribes·​peo·​ple | \ ˈtrībz-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce tribespeople (audio) \

Definition of tribespeople

: members of a tribe

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Recent Examples on the Web Mutua is also active in pressuring Germany's government to be held accountable for its genocidal slaughter of Herero and Nama tribespeople in Namibia more than a century ago when the African nation was a German colony. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Reparations bill gets new attention amid BLM. Could other nations provide a blueprint?," 10 July 2020 Finally, to determine what this approach to resting might mean for legs and muscles, the scientists asked several tribespeople to sit, walk and squat while wearing sensors that chart muscular contractions. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Sitting Is Bad for Our Health. Should We Squat More Instead?," 11 Mar. 2020 There are Andean peaks and Amazonian jungles, gaucho prairies and colonial towns, indigenous tribespeople and a wild Pacific coast. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Haven't Seen the Colombian Coast Without Time in Providencia," 11 Oct. 2019 The family lives in Borkukuria, a village of around 200 households of both Assamese-speaking Muslims and Bodo tribespeople, around 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Gauhati, the state capital. Washington Post, "India’s contentious citizen register attacked from all sides," 3 Sep. 2019 Their families, proud Sunni tribespeople, appealed for justice, then called for reform of the regime, and finally demanded its removal. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 In the 51-second clip released by FUNAI, the Brazilian government's Indian Affairs department, tribespeople are shown moving through a deforested area in the jungle and one tribe member appears to be carrying a bow and arrow. James Rogers, Fox News, "Incredible drone footage shows isolated Amazon tribe," 24 Aug. 2018 In the same year, photos emerged of tribespeople living deep in the rainforest of the western Brazilian state of Acre. James Rogers, Fox News, "Incredible drone footage shows isolated Amazon tribe," 24 Aug. 2018 Few of his tribespeople believe that that accounts for all the money. Sean Flynn, Smithsonian, "The Reckoning," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tribespeople

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Tribespeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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: members of a tribe

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