[ pop-yuh-luh s ]
/ ˈpɒp yə ləs /


the common people of a community, nation, etc., as distinguished from the higher classes.
all the inhabitants of a place; population.

Origin of populace

1565–75; < French < Italian popolaccio, equivalent to popol(o) people + -accio pejorative suffix

Can be confused

populace population populous
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/ (ˈpɒpjʊləs) /

noun (sometimes functioning as plural)

the inhabitants of an area
the common people; masses

Word Origin for populace

C16: via French from Italian popolaccio the common herd, from popolo people, from Latin populus
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