grassroots

[ gras-roots, -roots, grahs- ]
/ ˈgræsˌruts, -ˌrʊts, ˈgrɑs- /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)Also grass roots .

the common or ordinary people, especially as contrasted with the leadership or elite of a political party, social organization, etc.; the rank and file.
the agricultural and rural areas of a country.
the people inhabiting these areas, especially as a political, social, or economic group.
the origin or basis of something; the basic or primary concept, rule, part, or the like.

adjective Also grass-roots .

of, relating to, or involving the common people, especially as contrasted with or separable from an elite: a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament.

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Origin of grassroots

1910–15 Americanismfor def. 1
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grass roots

pl n

  1. the ordinary people as distinct from the active leadership of a party or organization: used esp of the rank-and-file members of a political party, or of the voters themselves
  2. (as modifier)the newly elected MP expressed a wish for greater contact with people at grass-roots level
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Word Origin for grass roots

C20: sense 1 originally US, with reference to rural areas in contrast to the towns
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