plural noun

tribes·​peo·​ple ˈtrībz-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce tribespeople (audio)
: members of a tribe

Examples of tribespeople in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1991, the Indian anthropologist T. N. Pandit offered coconuts while standing in shallow water, floating them toward tribespeople who waded out to receive them. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 In internet photos, the tribespeople’s blades shine. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 In dramatizing the horrific killings of oil-rich Osage tribespeople by murderously greedy white men, our reigning master of the American crime epic directs his gaze and ours toward America’s foundational crimes. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024 Another tactic, the French activist recounted, to communicate that outsiders are not welcome: tribespeople turn around and squat as if to defecate. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 On Tuesday, clashes reportedly broke out between the Meitei community and some tribespeople. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 5 May 2023 By contrast, Germany last year apologized to Namibia for its role in the slaughter of Herero and Nama tribespeople more than a century ago, officially described it as genocide for the first time and agreed to fund projects worth over a billion euros. Reuters, NBC News, 9 June 2022 So do children, or remote tribespeople, instinctively understand that two parallel lines never cross? Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2011 When Hindu groups showed up, some tribespeople sacrificed cows, a holy animal for Hindus. Sheikh Saaliq, ajc, 23 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tribespeople was in 1888

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“Tribespeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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