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[tounz-pee-puh l]
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plural noun
  1. the inhabitants or citizenry of a town.
  2. people who were raised in a town or city.
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Origin of townspeople

First recorded in 1640–50; town + 's1 + people
Also called townsfolk.
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Related Words for townspeople

voter, civilian, resident, national, settler, inhabitant, taxpayer, villager, dweller, commoner, aborigine, denizen, subject, householder, occupant, native, cosmopolite, burgher, burgess, townsperson

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Historical Examples of townspeople

  • Happily the townspeople became aware of the peril which threatened them.


    James Anthony Froude

  • Yet these country-people are no more corrupt or degenerate than the townspeople.

  • Indeed, the townspeople spoke of this fruit with grimaces of disgust.

  • As yet Issy's part in the Bartlett-Higgins episode was unknown to the townspeople.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I am beginning to know the townspeople and to like some of them.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for townspeople


townsfolk (ˈtaʊnzˌfəʊk)

  1. the inhabitants of a town; citizens
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