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
Example sentences from the Web for people
But the Roman orator Cicero felt that Calgacus and the peoples vanquished by Rome were missing a broader point.
In Darfur, the Fur, Zaghawa, and Massaleit peoples have been targeted by the Sudan government, as were Muslims in Bosnia.Still a Problem From Hell, Two Decades After Rwanda|John Prendergast|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Russian people should form the state at the center, “a nucleus around which other peoples are gathered.”Putin’s Dream of Empire Doesn’t Stop at Crimea, Or Even Ukraine|Oleg Shynkarenko|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Annexation, he claimed, is simply protecting the Crimea and all its peoples, not just the ethnic Russians.
He declared them to be “a pictorial representation of England as a free society and the liberator of other peoples.”
He counselled a gathering of all the peoples near Paris to make common cause against the Normans.Paris and its Story|Thomas Okey
These two names (Aryan and Semite), then, signify today rather two groups of peoples than two distinct races.History Of Ancient Civilization|Charles Seignobos
Such testimony is irrefutable, and is to groups of peoples what articulate speech is to the individual in the zoological scale.Russia: Its People and Its Literature|Emilia Pardo Bazán
Indeed, such was their adulation, that they bore him about in a sort of triumphal car, and he became the peoples idol.The Yule Log.|Anonymous
As a general rule, the relationship of peoples to each other can be told by the languages which they speak.The World War and What was Behind It|Louis P. Benezet
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