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British English: /ˈpiːp(ə)l/
American English: /ˈpipəl/

Translation of people in French:


  • (nation) an ancient people
    un peuple antique
    the English-speaking peoples
    les anglophones mpl
    Stone Age peoples
    les peuplades de l'âge de pierre
    the chosen people
    le peuple des élus

plural noun

  • 1
    (in general) gens mpl
    (specified or counted) personnes fpl
    disabled/old people
    les personnes handicapées/âgées
    they're nice people
    ce sont des gens sympathiques
    how many people are there?
    combien y a-t-il de personnes?
    there were several/a few/500 people
    il y avait plusieurs/quelques/500 personnes
    there was a roomful of people
    il y avait une pièce pleine de monde
    there were a lot of people
    il y avait beaucoup de monde
    a lot of/most people think that …
    beaucoup de/la plupart des gens pensent que …
    some people here think that …
    certaines personnes ici pensent que …
    people say that …
    les gens disent que …
    what will people say?
    que vont dire les gens?
    other people say that …
    d'autres disent que …
    other people's property
    la propriété des autres
    he likes helping people
    il aime aider les autres
    you shouldn't do that in front of people
    tu ne devrais pas faire ça en public
    people at large, people in general what do you people want?
    que voulez-vous?
    you of all people!
    je n'aurais jamais pensé ça de toi!
    you of all people should know that…
    tu devrais savoir encore mieux que les autres que…
    I met Jack of all people at the party!
    à la soirée il y avait Jack, figure-toi!
  • 2 (inhabitants)
    (of town) habitants mpl
    (of a country) peuple (m)
    the people of Bath
    les habitants de Bath
    the British people
    le peuple britannique, les Britanniques mpl
    the good people of Oxford
    les bonnes gens d'Oxford
  • 3 (citizens, subjects)the people the common people the people are protesting
    le peuple proteste
    a man of the people to address one's people
    s'adresser à son peuple
  • 4 [informal] (experts)
    gens [informal] mpl
    the tax/heating people
    les gens des impôts/du chauffage [informal]

transitive verb

gens is masculine plural and never countable (you CANNOT say ‘trois gens’). When used with gens, some adjectives such as vieux, bon, mauvais, petit, vilain placed before gens take the feminine form: les vieilles gens.
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