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people

[pee-puhl]
noun, plural peoples for 4.
1.
persons indefinitely or collectively; persons in general: to find it easy to talk to people; What will people think?
2.
persons, whether men, women, or children, considered as numerable individuals forming a group: Twenty people volunteered to help.
3.
human beings, as distinguished from animals or other beings.
4.
the entire body of persons who constitute a community, tribe, nation, or other group by virtue of a common culture, history, religion, or the like: the people of Australia; the Jewish people.
5.
the persons of any particular group, company, or number (sometimes used in combination): the people of a parish; educated people; salespeople.
6.
the ordinary persons, as distinguished from those who have wealth, rank, influence, etc.: a man of the people.
7.
the subjects, followers, or subordinates of a ruler, leader, employer, etc.: the king and his people.
8.
the body of enfranchised citizens of a state: representatives chosen by the people.
9.
a person's family or relatives: My grandmother's people came from Iowa.
10.
(used in the possessive in Communist or left-wing countries to indicate that an institution operates under the control of or for the benefit of the people, especially under Communist leadership): people's republic; people's army.
11.
animals of a specified kind: the monkey people of the forest.
verb (used with object), peopled, peopling.
12.
to furnish with people; populate.
13.
to supply or stock as if with people: a meadow peopled with flowers.

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English peple < Anglo-French poeple, Old French pueple < Latin populus. See popular

peopleless, adjective
peopler, noun
outpeople, verb (used with object), outpeopled, outpeopling.
underpeopled, adjective
well-peopled, adjective

individual, party, people, person (see usage note at party)(see usage note at the current entry)(see synonym study at person).


4. See race2.


People is usually followed by a plural verb and referred to by a plural pronoun: People are always looking for a bargain. The people have made their choice. The possessive is formed regularly, with the apostrophe before the -s: people's desire for a bargain; the people's choice. When people means “the entire body of persons who constitute a community or other group by virtue of a common culture, history, etc.,” it is used as a 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. The formation of the possessive is regular; the singular is people's and the plural is peoples'.
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 unquestionably standard in all contexts.
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people (ˈpiːpəl)
 
n , peoples
1.  persons collectively or in general
2.  a group of persons considered together: blind people
3.  the persons living in a country and sharing the same nationality: the French people
4.  one's family: he took her home to meet his people
5.  persons loyal to someone powerful: the king's people accompanied him in exile
6.  the people
 a.  the mass of persons without special distinction, privileges, etc
 b.  the body of persons in a country, esp those entitled to vote
 
vb
7.  (tr) to provide with or as if with people or inhabitants
 

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people
c.1275, "humans, persons in general," from Anglo-Fr. people, O.Fr. peupel, from L. populus "people," of unknown origin, possibly from Etruscan. Replaced native folk. Meaning "body of persons comprising a community" first recorded 1292 in Anglo-Fr.; meaning "common people, masses"
(as distinguished from the nobility) first recorded 1306 in Anglo-Fr. The verb is c.1489 (intrans.), c.1500 (trans.). The word was adopted after c.1920 by Communist totalitarian states to give a spurious sense of populism to their governments. Legal phrase The People vs., in U.S. cases of prosecution under certain laws, dates from 1801. People of the Book "those whose religion entails adherence to a book of divine revelation (1834) translates Arabic Ahl al-Kitab.
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person per·son (pûr'sən)
n.

  1. A living human.

  2. The composite of characteristics that make up an individual personality; the self.

  3. The living body of a human.

  4. Physique and general appearance.

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person definition


An inflectional form (see inflection) of pronouns and verbs that distinguishes between the person who speaks (first person), the person who is spoken to (second person), and the person who is spoken about (third person). The pronoun or verb may be singular or plural. For example:

first person singular: I walk.
second person singular: you walk.
third person singular: he/she/it walks.
first person plural: we walk.
second person plural: you walk.
third person plural: they walk.
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