little people

noun
1.
(in folklore) small, imaginary beings, as elves, fairies, or leprechauns.
2.
the common people, especially workers, small merchants, or the like, who lead conventional, presumably unremarkable lives.
3.
small children.
4.
midgets or dwarfs.

Origin:
1720–30

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little people or little folk
 
pl n
folklore small supernatural beings, such as elves, pixies, or leprechauns
 
little folk or little folk
 
pl n

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Main Entry:  little people1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  ordinary people with little power; common people
Main Entry:  little people2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  people of small stature; midgets
Main Entry:  little people3
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  small supernatural beings
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little people

in human anatomy, a person of very small stature whose bodily proportions, intelligence, and sexual development are within the normal range. Diminutive stature occurs sporadically in families the rest of whose members are of ordinary size. The children of midgets are usually of ordinary height and proportions. This term is often considered pejorative; the term proportionate dwarf is now preferred. See dwarfism; Pygmy.

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Example sentences
They are neither little people nor dogs nor something in between, and they do
  not prosper if kept in the human world.
As technology gets cheaper, the little people can afford it.
He believes he can take little people and pull them into big ones.
In spite of their downsized brains, the little people apparently had
  sophisticated technology.
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