Definitions for peopleˈpi pəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

peo•ple*ˈpi pəl(n.)(pl.)-ples

  1. (n.)persons indefinitely or collectively; persons in general.

  2. persons considered as numerable individuals forming a group.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. human beings, as distinguished from animals or other beings.

  4. the entire body of persons who constitute a community or other group by virtue of a common culture, religion, or the like.

  5. the persons of any particular group, company, or number (sometimes used in combination):

    salespeople.

  6. the ordinary persons, as distinguished from those who have wealth, rank, influence, etc.

  7. the subjects, followers, or subordinates of a ruler, leader, employer, etc.

  8. the body of enfranchised citizens of a state.

    Category: Government

  9. a person's family or relatives.

  10. (v.t.)to furnish with people; populate.

  11. to supply or stock as if with people.

* for 4 . Usage: people is usu. followed by a plural verb and referred to by a plural pronoun: The people have made their choice. When people means “the entire body of persons who constitute a community by virtue of a common culture, religion, etc.,” it is singular, with the plural peoples : This people shares characteristics with certain inhabitants of central Asia. The aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere speak many different languages. At one time, some usage guides maintained that people could not be preceded by a number, as in Fewer than 30 people showed up. This use is now standard.

Origin of people:

1225–75; ME peple < AF poeple, OF pueple < L populus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. people(noun)

    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

    "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"

  2. citizenry, people(noun)

    the body of citizens of a state or country

    "the Spanish people"

  3. people(noun)

    members of a family line

    "his people have been farmers for generations"; "are your people still alive?"

  4. multitude, masses, mass, hoi polloi, people, the great unwashed(verb)

    the common people generally

    "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"

  5. people(verb)

    fill with people

    "Stalin wanted to people the empty steppes"

  6. people(verb)

    furnish with people

    "The plains are sparsely populated"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. peopleˈpi pəl

    average people, especially in a particular country

    The people should decide whether or not to go to war.

  2. peopleˈpi pəl

    a race of people

    the many peoples of the world

Wiktionary

  1. people(Noun)

    ; a body of human beings considered generally or collectively; a group of two or more persons.

  2. people(Noun)

    (plural peoples) Persons forming or belonging to a particular group, such as a nation, class, ethnic group, country, family, etc; folk; community.

  3. people(Noun)

    A group of persons regarded as being employees, followers, companions or subjects of a ruler.

  4. people(Noun)

    One's colleagues or employees.

  5. people(Noun)

    A person's ancestors, relatives or family.

    My people lived through the Black Plague and the Thirty Years War.

  6. people(Noun)

    The mass of a community as distinguished from a special class (elite); the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the common crowd; the citizens.

  7. people(Verb)

    To stock with people or inhabitants; to fill as with people; to populate.

  8. people(Verb)

    To become populous or populated.

  9. people(Verb)

    To inhabit; to occupy; to populate.

  10. Origin: From peple, peple, from people, from pueple, pople (modern peuple), from populus "people", of unknown origin. Probably of non-Indo-European origin, from . Gradually ousted native leed (from leode).

Webster Dictionary

  1. People(noun)

    the body of persons who compose a community, tribe, nation, or race; an aggregate of individuals forming a whole; a community; a nation

  2. People(noun)

    persons, generally; an indefinite number of men and women; folks; population, or part of population; as, country people; -- sometimes used as an indefinite subject or verb, like on in French, and man in German; as, people in adversity

  3. People(noun)

    the mass of comunity as distinguished from a special class; the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the common crowd; as, nobles and people

  4. People(noun)

    one's ancestors or family; kindred; relations; as, my people were English

  5. People(noun)

    one's subjects; fellow citizens; companions; followers

  6. People(verb)

    to stock with people or inhabitants; to fill as with people; to populate

Freebase

  1. People

    People is a weekly American magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, published by Time Inc. With a readership of 46.6 million adults, People has the largest audience of any American magazine. People had $997 million in advertising revenue in 2011, the highest advertising revenue of any American magazine. In 2006, it had a circulation of 3.75 million and revenue expected to top $1.5 billion. It was named "Magazine of the Year" by Advertising Age in October 2005, for excellence in editorial, circulation and advertising. People ranked #6 on Advertising Age's annual "A-list" and #3 on Adweek's "Brand Blazers" list in October 2006. The magazine runs a roughly 50/50 mix of celebrity and human-interest articles. People's editors claim to refrain from printing pure celebrity gossip, enough so to lead celebrity publicists to propose exclusives to the magazine, evidence of what one staffer calls a "publicist-friendly strategy". People's website, People.com, focuses exclusively on celebrity news. In February 2007, the website drew 39.6 million page views "within a day" of the Golden Globes. However "the mother ship of Oscar coverage" broke a site record with 51.7 million page views on the day after the Oscars, beating the previous record set just a month before from the Golden Globes.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'people' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #86

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'people' in Written Corpus Frequency: #85

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'people' in Nouns Frequency: #3


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

people(noun plural)

persons

There were three people in the room.

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