What does PEOPLE mean?

Definitions for PEOPLE
ˈpi pəlpeo·ple

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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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Peoplenoun

    Etymology: peuple, Fr. populus, Lat.

    Prophesy again before many peoples and nations and tongues. Revelations x. 11.

    Ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in summer. Proverbs xxx. 25.

    What is the city but the people?
    True the people are the city. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The knowing artist may
    Judge better than the people, but a play
    Made for delight,
    If you approve it not, has no excuse. Edmund Waller.

    If a man temper his actions to content every combination of people, the musick will be the fuller. Francis Bacon.

    A small red flower in the stubble fields country people call the wincopipe. Francis Bacon.

    The frogs petitioning for a king, bids people have a care of struggling with heaven. Roger L'Estrange.

    People were tempted to lend by great premiums and large interest. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

    Watery liquor will keep an animal from starving by diluting the fluids; for people have lived twenty-four days upon nothing but water. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    People in adversity should preserve laudable customs. Clarissa.

  2. To Peopleverb

    To stock with inhabitants.

    Etymology: peupler, French.

    Suppose that Brute, or whosoever else that first peopled this island, had arrived upon Thames, and called the island after his name Britannia. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    He would not be alone, who all things can;
    But peopled Heav’n with angels, earth with man. Dryden.

    Beauty a monarch is,
    Which kingly power magnificently proves
    By crouds of slaves, and peopled empire loves. Dryden.

    A peopl’d city made a desert place. Dryden.

    Imperious death directs his ebon lance;
    Peoples great Henry’s tombs, and leads up Holben’s dance. Matthew Prior.



    The Green Party, also known as the Green Party UK, was a Green political party in the United Kingdom. Prior to 1985 it was called the Ecology Party, and before that PEOPLE. In 1990, it separated into three political parties: the Green Party of England and Wales the Scottish Greens the Green Party Northern IrelandDespite the UK Green Party no longer existing as an entity, "Green Party" (singular) is still used colloquially to refer collectively to the three separate parties; for example, in the reporting of opinion polls and election results.

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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  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. Kevin Sabet:

    People do not want marijuana stores in their communities.

  2. Markus Sander:

    Five years ago the front-page headlines were all about unemployment. But now you read about job growth everywhere so people are feeling less worried and they're spending more on durables like furniture and kitchens.

  3. Lennon Chang:

    Most of the people they are arresting are the mules, they are not the real leaders or heads of the criminal organized syndicates.

  4. Fox Business:

    We're in a world where people are doing things that we can see, but we're being told that that's not happening … And when you start to stack those things up, it's enough to make you look over your shoulder and think, you know, am I being punked, right?

  5. Nury Turkel:

    These people in the media, in academia, in think tanks, need to watch … their language.

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