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workpeople

[wurk-pee-puh l] /ˈwɜrkˌpi pəl/
plural noun
1.
people employed at work or labor; workers; employees.
Origin of workpeople
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10; work + people
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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

workpeople

/ˈwɜːkˌpiːpəl/
plural noun
1.
the working members of a population, esp those employed in manual tasks
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