noun, plural peo·ples for 4.
verb (used with object), peo·pled, peo·pling.
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Origin of people
synonym study for people
usage note for people
At one time, some usage guides maintained that people could not be preceded by a number, as in Fewer than 30 people showed up. This use is now unquestionably standard in all contexts.
grammar notes for people
OTHER WORDS FROM people
Words nearby people
Example sentences from the Web for people
Kelly is among those most torn about what to do, according to people who have spoken with him.
I mean, my own view is that that still just resonates with a lot of people in this country.Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 17, 2020|Freakonomics
We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better.Timeline: The 124 times Trump has downplayed the coronavirus threat|Aaron Blake, JM Rieger|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Additional investees focus on giving people in underserved and under-resourced communities access to affordable housing.Bernard Tyson’s profound impact continues even after his death—through a new social investment fund|cleaf2013|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Such a monumental effort would be slowed down without the buy-in of the people who live in and around these buildings.Europe’s leaders want to create a ‘new Bauhaus’ as part of its Green Deal. But what does that even mean?|David Meyer|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Really, is it any wonder that fluoride should freak people out?
Placed in drinking water, fluoride can serve people who otherwise have poor access to dental care.
There was a lot of positive feedback from people interested in non-gender binary people.
Then add in all bored people, as well as people whose job it is to report on celebrities.Sia and Shia LaBeouf’s Pedophilia Nontroversy Over ‘Elastic Heart’|Marlow Stern|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If anything the work the two cops and the maintenance guy were doing deserves more respect and probably helped a lot more people.
The Majesty on high has a colony and a people on earth, which otherwise is under the supremacy of the Evil One.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
The people here retained the same paganism and barbarity, only they were not so dangerous, being conquered by the Muscovites.
All our people were well mounted, and armed with rifles, pistols, and bowie-knives.
“This is a distressing predicament for these young people,” thought Mr. Pickwick, as he dressed himself next morning.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Few people, I think, realize that, and fewer still realize the reasonable consequences of that.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
British Dictionary definitions for people
noun (usually functioning as plural)
- the mass of persons without special distinction, privileges, etc
- the body of persons in a country, esp those entitled to vote
Word Origin for people
Idioms and Phrases with people
In addition to the idiom beginning with people
- people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
- tell (people) apart