noun[treated as singular or plural]
- The people living in a particular country or area: the party misjudged the mood of the populaceMore example sentences
population, inhabitants, residents, natives; community, country, (general) public, people, nation; common people, man/woman in the street, masses, multitude, rank and file, commonalty, commonality, plebeians, proletariat• humorous sheeple• formal denizens• historical third estate• informal Joe Public, John Q. Public
- The commander's emergency response program is a program set up by the military to take care of humanitarian needs for the local populaces - needs that will make a quick and lasting impact on the community.
- The paternalistic style of rule is unequal to the demands of transparency and accountability that local populaces - and overseas investors - want.
- Finally, anthropologists since Eric Wolf's seminal work on brokers have observed bureaucracies encouraging patron-client relationships, both between bureaucrats and clients and within local populaces.
late 16th century: from French, from Italian popolaccio 'common people', from popolo 'people' + the pejorative suffix -accio.