Definition of people in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːp(ə)l


  • 2 (plural peoples) [treated as singular or plural] The members of a particular nation, community, or ethnic group: the native peoples of Canada
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    • 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.
    race, tribe, clan, (ethnic) group, strain, stock, caste, nation, country, population, populace
    archaic breed, folk, seed
  • 3 (one's people) One’s supporters or employees: I’ve had my people watching the house for some time now
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    • The coaching staff consists of the team of people that is employed by the club to support the manager.


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  • 1(Of a group of people) inhabit (a place): an arid mountain region peopled by warring clans
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    • 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.
    populate, settle (in), colonize, establish oneself in, inhabit, live in, occupy
    formal be, reside in, domiciled in, dwell in
  • 1.1Fill or be present in (a place or domain): in her imagination the flat was suddenly peopled with ghosts
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    • 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 (a place) with inhabitants: it was his intention to people the town with English colonists
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    • Obsessed with the sky, he watched the stars and the moon, peopling them with imaginary inhabitants.



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  • 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'.

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