noun, plural peo·ples for 4.
verb (used with object), peo·pled, peo·pling.
Origin of 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.
Examples from the Web for peopleless
Historical Examples of peopleless
Five minutes later he was plodding steadily ahead of his big Mackenzie hound into the peopleless barrens to the south and west.Philip Steele of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
James Oliver Curwood
He sat alone with the lieutenant in the peopleless city of Belgrade and waited for his captors.The Mightiest Man
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
late 13c., "humans, persons in general," from Anglo-French people, Old French peupel "people, population, crowd; mankind, humanity," from Latin populus "a people, nation; body of citizens; a multitude, crowd, throng," of unknown origin, possibly from Etruscan. The Latin word also is the source of Spanish pueblo, Italian popolo. In English, it displaced native folk.
Meaning "body of persons comprising a community" first recorded late 13c. in Anglo-French; meaning "common people, masses" (as distinguished from the nobility) first recorded c.1300 in Anglo-French. Meaning "one's own tribe, group, etc." is from late 14c. The word was adopted after c.1920 by Communist totalitarian states to give a spurious sense of populism to their governments. Legal phrase The People vs., in U.S. cases of prosecution under certain laws, dates from 1801. People of the Book "those whose religion entails adherence to a book of divine revelation (1834) translates Arabic Ahl al-Kitab.
late 15c. (intransitive), c.1500 (transitive), from people (n.), or else from Middle French peupler, from Old French peuple. Related: Peopled; peopling.
In addition to the idiom beginning with people
- people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
- tell (people) apart