- 1Human beings in general or considered collectively: the earthquake killed 30,000 peopleMore example sentences
- He's a very strong personality, but he talks to people as human beings and he's very honest.
- The Home Office had to treat these people as decent human beings and provide extra resources.
- We may well decide that it was the most evil act ever perpetrated by human beings on fellow people.
- 1.1 (the people) The citizens of a country, especially when considered in relation to those who govern them: his economic reforms no longer have the support of the peopleMore example sentences
- It was designed to evolve, to live, and to breathe like the people that it governs.
- The leaders rarely spoke like the people they governed and it was no disadvantage.
- It is time somebody started to govern for the people than for their own place in history.
- 1.2 (the people) Those without special rank or position in society; the populace: he is very much a man of the peopleMore example sentences
- Our position is that the people of Edinburgh will take the decision in a referendum.
- We think we provide an equitable service to all ranks and all the people we represent.
- I am also aware of the plight of some of the people in the position she is talking about.
- 1.4 (one's people) The supporters or employees of a person in a position of power or authority: I’ve had my people watching the house for some time nowMore example sentences
- The coaching staff consists of the team of people that is employed by the club to support the manager.
- 1.5 (the People) US The state prosecution in a trial: pretrial statements made by the People’s witnessesMore example sentences
- Now, I have handed to your Honours the early United States case of People v Whipple.
- Then the People's Justice Party had a meeting of 150 people, which was really good.
- This tactic allows them to be on both sides of the issue and thus unaccountable to the People.
- 2 (plural peoples) [treated as singular or plural] The men, women, and children of a particular nation, community, or ethnic group: the native peoples of CanadaMore example sentences
race, (ethnic) group, tribe, clan
- However, the nation's indigenous peoples have never tasted their share of Argentina's riches.
- Ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples and tribal people everywhere face discrimination.
- There is also an eloquent record of tribal history of the indigenous peoples of Alaska's ethnic Indian and Inuit population.
verb[with object] (usually be peopled) Back to top
- 1(Of a particular group of people) inhabit (an area or place): an arid mountain region peopled by warring clansMore example sentences
- The observances recognise that the island was peopled by different groups of Indians who had settled here over the 7000 years before the European encounter.
- Remote and entirely dedicated to his craft, he lived in a world peopled by a few intimate friends, a world sealed to outsiders.
- Yet, the first centralizing tendencies appeared only after skirmishes between Native Americans and settlers led colonial officials to consider peopling the region as a buffer to avoid further conflict.
- 1.1Fill or be present in (a place, environment, or domain): the street is peopled with ragamuffin hippiesMore example sentences
- The world peopled by signs of hope suddenly appears to be emptied of meaning.
- What name do we have for such a horrible void that fills what was once peopled by the living?
- But one must feel a certain pity for him, trapped in a farce of horrendous dialogue and flatlining humour, peopled by androgynous hippy beatniks who make one glad the sixties are dead.
- 1.2Fill (an area or place) with a particular group of inhabitants: it was his intention to people the town with English colonistsMore example sentences
- Obsessed with the sky, he watched the stars and the moon, peopling them with imaginary inhabitants.
- sense 2 of the noun.More example sentences
- Critics who deride Jewish dietary laws as arbitrary, repressive, or irrelevant ignore the power of this everyday tradition to preserve our peoplehood and deepen our humanity.
- In retelling it we bring ourselves out from our own narrow places, to freedom, to peoplehood, to connection with God.
- It is impossible to set up legitimate global authorities because there is no global democracy, no sense of common peoplehood and trust.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French poeple, from Latin populus 'populace'.
See person (usage).