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[tounz-pee-puh l] /ˈtaʊnzˌpi pəl/
plural noun
the inhabitants or citizenry of a town.
people who were raised in a town or city.
Also called townsfolk.
1640-50; town + 's1 + people Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The plan of action went well until one day the townspeople woke up and found the horse had died.
  • The townspeople are skeptical at first but soon bring small offerings: a head of cabbage, a bunch of carrots, a bit of beef.
  • Her face, so long familiar to the townspeople, showed the marble quietude which they were accustomed to behold there.
  • He was the first soldier who had come home, and some of the townspeople had driven down to see him arrive in his uniform.
  • Someone had the idea of bringing in a zydeco band, townspeople showed up to dance and the breakfast took on a life of its own.
  • townspeople are divided over what to do about the invasion.
  • The townspeople sandbagged and worried themselves sick.
  • Most of the show managed to be present at the game, and quite a few townspeople.
  • As the street's importance as a public place declined, townspeople ceased to care what happened in it.
  • But no one from the unit had bothered to ask the townspeople why.
British Dictionary definitions for townspeople


the inhabitants of a town; citizens
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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