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
The South, indeed, had little direct interest in the peopling of the Western prairies by independent yeomen, native or foreign.Stephen A. Douglas|Allen Johnson
The heavens having been put in order, he set about peopling the earth.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI.|Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
The sanctuary light was flickering fitfully in its crystal bowl, and peopling the holy precincts with phantom worshippers.The Doctor's Daughter|"Vera"
And in these deposits might be buried the remains of the fish then peopling the neighbouring sea.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I|Herbert Spencer
Looked at broadly, the first peopling of this country owes at least as much to the love of liberty as to the economic motive.The Old World in the New|Edward Alsworth Ross
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