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[tounz-pee-puh l] /ˈtaʊnzˌpi pəl/
plural noun
the inhabitants or citizenry of a town.
people who were raised in a town or city.
Also called townsfolk.
Origin of townspeople
First recorded in 1640-50; town + 's1 + people Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Happily the townspeople became aware of the peril which threatened them.


    James Anthony Froude
  • Yet these country-people are no more corrupt or degenerate than the townspeople.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Indeed, the townspeople spoke of this fruit with grimaces of disgust.

  • As yet Issy's part in the Bartlett-Higgins episode was unknown to the townspeople.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I am beginning to know the townspeople and to like some of them.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for townspeople


the inhabitants of a town; citizens
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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