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[wurk-pee-puh l] /ˈwɜrkˌpi pəl/
plural noun
people employed at work or labor; workers; employees.
Origin of workpeople
1700-10; work + people Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The number of the workpeople at the time when inoculation was begun, 21st June, was 1173.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
  • The result proved that the fears of the workpeople had been entirely unfounded.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • When she went to town in November she talked to the workpeople about it, and they liked the idea.

  • The work will be done although the workpeople may be boycotted.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • She's asked the plain neighbours and workpeople without drawing any lines, just to give 'em a good supper and such like.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • First of all, he attended to the proper home accommodation of his workpeople.

    Lives of the Engineers Samuel Smiles
  • Ay; came and see me doing up your garden as it had never been done up before, and went away and ordered in the workpeople.

    Crown and Sceptre George Manville Fenn
  • The workpeople are slaves of the subordinate race of Hagheri.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • There the workpeople are all separated and classified according to age and sex, and marshaled like soldiers.

  • It must be the workpeople come to open a drain or something.

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for workpeople


plural noun
the working members of a population, esp those employed in manual tasks
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