What does PEOPLE mean?

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ˈpi pəlPEOPLE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. peoplenoun

    (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, peoplenoun

    the body of citizens of a state or country

    "the Spanish people"

  3. peoplenoun

    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 unwashedverb

    the common people generally

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

  5. peopleverb

    fill with people

    "Stalin wanted to people the empty steppes"

  6. peopleverb

    furnish with people

    "The plains are sparsely populated"


  1. peoplenoun

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

  2. peoplenoun

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

  3. peoplenoun

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

  4. peoplenoun

    One's colleagues or employees.

  5. peoplenoun

    A person's ancestors, relatives or family.

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

  6. peoplenoun

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

  7. peopleverb

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

  8. peopleverb

    To become populous or populated.

  9. peopleverb

    To inhabit; to occupy; to populate.

  10. Etymology: 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. Peoplenoun

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

  2. Peoplenoun

    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. Peoplenoun

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

  4. Peoplenoun

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

  5. Peoplenoun

    one's subjects; fellow citizens; companions; followers

  6. Peopleverb

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

  7. Etymology: [Cf. OF. popler, puepler, F. puepler. Cf. Populate.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. People

    pē′pl, n. persons generally: the men, women, and children of a country or a nation: the mass of persons as distinguished from the rulers, &c.: an indefinite number: inhabitants: the vulgar: the populace:—pl. Peoples (pē′plz), races, tribes.—v.t. to stock with people or inhabitants.—People's palace, an institution for the amusement, recreation, and association of the working-classes, as that in the East End of London, inaugurated in 1887.—Chosen people, the Israelites; Good people, or folk, a popular euphemistic name for the fairies; Peculiar people (see Peculiar); The people, the populace, the mass. [Fr. peuple—L. populus, prob. reduplicated from root of plebs, people.]

Editors Contribution

  1. people

    All human beings as a collective.

    People are amazing and interesting to learn from.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 6, 2020  
  2. people

    Plural form of the word person.

    People are amazing to communicate with and share food and time with.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 2, 2020  

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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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PEOPLE in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PEOPLE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of PEOPLE in a Sentence

  1. Cortney Hendrickson:

    I think it's telling us that some people might be a little ego drunk, i think it makes so much sense to Nicole and I and so many other parents that are supporting parental choice as well that these people are absolutely not listening. It's falling on deaf ears.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    Wicked people should never be shown their real face through the wisdom thought that a sage says about them because of two reasons. The first, they will love it and the second, they would like to do it more against the wise words said against them.

  3. Lois McMaster Bujold:

    Any community's arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do neccesary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity.

  4. Michael Hewson:

    Coming up to the Easter holiday, people are going to be very reluctant to put more money into these (stock) markets. If anything, they will be more likely to take money out, anything like the events we're seeing in Brussels this morning is going to weigh on risk sentiment and risk appetite.

  5. Dwight Eisenhower:

    One of these days, the people are going to demand peace of the government, and the government is going to have to give it to them.

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