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

Definition of tribespeople

: members of a tribe

Examples of tribespeople in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When farmers last lost their water during the 2001 drought, the situation grew so ugly that the elder Gentry felt uncomfortable visiting Klamath Falls from Chiloquin, a rural area about 10 miles north, where many tribespeople live. Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 Two villages on the Vanuatu island of Tanna, which is located in the South Pacific, are preparing a period of mourning as groups of tribespeople gathered on Monday to commemorate the Duke of Edinburgh. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 12 Apr. 2021 In 1864, more than 10,000 tribespeople were captured and forcibly marched to a reservation 300 miles away in modern-day New Mexico. Oscar Schwartz, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2020 This storm felled hundreds of thousands of trees, destroyed numerous houses, sank ships and killed scores of people, including eight Wampanaog tribespeople drowned by the 14-foot storm surge. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 July 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tribespeople

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Tribespeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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: members of a tribe


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