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.
Related Words for peoplinglocate, occupy, reside, populate, possess, own, sit, keep, cover, stay, maintain, involve, remain, inhabit, hold, establish, fill, lie, squat, consist
Examples from the Web for peopling
Historical Examples of peopling
The peopling of the world with whites is chiefly a Western process.The Gates of India
Animality is every where, filling every thing and peopling every thing.The Sea
Where are the birds once peopling these forests, like myriads of rainbows?Gardens of the Caribbees, v. 2/2
Ida May Hill Starr
She was pushing south, building forts and peopling the land.How Canada was Won
F. S. Brereton
There are other legends in explanation of the peopling of the earth.Curiosities of Superstition
W. H. Davenport Adams
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