plural noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, the Jharkhand state, where tribespeople make up nearly 27% of the population, passed a resolution with a similar objective. Sheikh Saaliq, ajc, 23 Nov. 2022 Now approaching 79, Harris, who recently returned from a trek around Sweden is making plans to visit the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to track down the indigenous Berber tribespeople next summer. CNN, 1 Nov. 2022 There’s more palpable empathy, chased by a jolt of shock and revulsion, when the film zeroes in on local tribespeople maintaining their everyday routine amid the tumult. Guy Lodge, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 Midthunder’s Naru enlivens the female-empowerment plot, in which her character is mocked by her fellow tribespeople for wanting to do something other than cook. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Last year, Germany announced its intention to return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria and apologized for its role in the slaughter of Herero and Nama tribespeople in Namibia more than a century ago. Reuters, CNN, 29 June 2022 Along with the African tribespeople, the fair included Inuits, with sled dogs and an igloo; Ainu people, from Japan; more than a thousand Filipinos; and two thousand Native Americans. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 When the fair closed, Verner escorted Benga and the other tribespeople back to the Congo Free State. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 When four or six — accounts differ — of the nearly 400 horses on the ranch were killed, Mr. Hall and three other men raided a Yuki village and killed nine or 11 tribespeople. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tribespeople was in 1888

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“Tribespeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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