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demos

[dee-mos]
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noun
  1. the common people of an ancient Greek state.
  2. the common people; populace.
  3. Sociology. a people viewed as a political unit.
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Origin of demos

1770–80; < Greek dêmos district, people; cf. demo-

demo

[dem-oh]Informal.
noun, plural dem·os.
  1. demonstration(defs 4, 6).
  2. demonstrator(def 5).
  3. a recording of a new song or of one performed by an unknown singer or singing group, distributed to disc jockeys, recording companies, etc., to demonstrate the merits of the song or performer.
  4. demolition(def 1): He does flooring and demo for a living.
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verb (used with object), dem·oed, dem·o·ing.
  1. to try out or exhibit the use of (a product, process, or the like): You can demo the game without downloading or buying it.
  2. to record (a song) to demonstrate the merits of the song or performer.
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Origin of demo

1935–40; by shortening; see -o

Demo

[dem-oh]
noun, plural Dem·os. Informal.
  1. a member of the Democratic Party; Democrat.
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Origin of Demo

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for demos

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  • If the Feds shd be disappointed, and the Demos disgusted with Genl.

  • For him Demos has ever been the most exacting of tyrants, the true foe to individuality.

    Iconoclasts

    James Huneker

  • This government by the demos, the people, was often far from successful.

    The Story of Mankind

    Hendrik Van Loon

  • The man was openly exultant; he stood for Demos grasping the sceptre.

    Demos

    George Gissing

  • This government by the "demos," the people, was often far from successful.

    The Story of Mankind

    Hendrik van Loon


British Dictionary definitions for demos

demos

noun
  1. the people of a nation regarded as a political unit
  2. rare the common people; masses
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek: the populace; see deme

demo

noun plural -os informal
  1. short for demonstration (def. 4)
    1. a demonstration record or tape, used for audition purposes
    2. a demonstration of a prototype system
  2. US short for demonstrator (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for demos

demo

n.

short for demonstration (tape, disc, etc.). Music recording given out for promotional purposes, 1963. The word was used earlier to mean "a public political demonstration" (1936).

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