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[wurk-pee-puh l] /ˈwɜrkˌpi pəl/
plural noun
people employed at work or labor; workers; employees.
Origin of workpeople
First recorded in 1700-10; work + people Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The result proved that the fears of the workpeople had been entirely unfounded.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Gervaise, who was already weary, met all the workpeople returning home.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The work will be done although the workpeople may be boycotted.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • He had bought three tons of rice from him to feed his workpeople on.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Yes, sir, we have several among our workpeople and cleaners.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • First of all, he attended to the proper home accommodation of his workpeople.

    Lives of the Engineers Samuel Smiles
  • For I myself, though a student, can live with workpeople in the house.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • The workpeople are slaves of the subordinate race of Hagheri.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • It must be the workpeople come to open a drain or something.

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays George Manville Fenn
  • The workpeople were wild and ignorant, and only trustworthy as long as they were watched.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
British Dictionary definitions for workpeople


plural noun
the working members of a population, esp those employed in manual tasks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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