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n. pl. people
a. Humans considered as a group or in indefinite numbers. Often treated as a plural of person, alone and in compounds: People were dancing in the street. I met all sorts of people. This book is not intended for laypeople.
b. The mass of ordinary persons; the populace. Used with the: "those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes" (Thomas Jefferson).
a. A body of persons living in the same country under one national government; a nationality.
b. The citizens of a political unit, such as a nation or state; the electorate. Used with the.
3. pl. peo·ples A body of persons sharing a common religion, culture, or language: the peoples of central Asia.
a. Persons with regard to their residence, class, profession, or group: city people; farming people.
b. Persons subordinate to or loyal to a ruler, superior, or employer: The manager would like to introduce you to our people in the regional office.
c. A person's family, relatives, or ancestors: Where are your people from?
5. Informal Animals or other beings distinct from humans: Rabbits and squirrels are the furry little people of the woods.
tr.v. peo·pled, peo·pling, peo·ples
1. To settle or inhabit with people; populate.
2. To be present in or on (a place): "The stores ... are peopled by serious shoppers" (Perri Klass).

[Middle English peple, from Old French pueple, from Latin populus, of Etruscan origin.]

peo′pler n.


n (usually functioning as plural) pl peoples
1. persons collectively or in general
2. a group of persons considered together: blind people.
3. the persons living in a country and sharing the same nationality: the French people.
4. one's family: he took her home to meet his people.
5. persons loyal to someone powerful: the king's people accompanied him in exile.
6. the people
a. the mass of persons without special distinction, privileges, etc
b. the body of persons in a country, esp those entitled to vote
(tr) to provide with or as if with people or inhabitants
[C13: from Old French pople, from Latin populus; see populace]
Usage: See at person


(ˈpi pəl)

n., pl. -ples for 4, n.
1. persons indefinitely or collectively; persons in general.
2. persons considered as numerable individuals forming a group.
3. human beings, as distinguished from animals or other beings.
4. the entire body of persons who constitute a community or other group by virtue of a common culture, religion, or the like.
5. the persons of any particular group, company, or number (sometimes used in combination): salespeople.
6. the ordinary persons, as distinguished from those who have wealth, rank, influence, etc.
7. the subjects, followers, or subordinates of a ruler, leader, employer, etc.
8. the body of enfranchised citizens of a state.
9. a person's family or relatives.
10. to furnish with people; populate.
11. to supply or stock as if with people.
[1225–75; Middle English peple < Anglo-French poeple, Old French pueple < Latin populus]
usage: people is usu. followed by a plural verb and referred to by a plural pronoun: The people have made their choice. When people means “the entire body of persons who constitute a community by virtue of a common culture, religion, etc.,” it is singular, with the plural peoples: This people shares characteristics with certain inhabitants of central Asia. The aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere speak many different languages. 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 standard.


 human beings collectively, 1374.


1. 'people'

People is a plural noun. You use a plural form of a verb after it.

People is most commonly used to refer to a particular group of men and women, or a particular group of men, women, and children.

The people at my work mostly wear suits.
Two hundred people were killed in the fire.

You often use people to refer to all the men, women, and children of a particular country, tribe, or race.

The British people elect a new government every four or five years.
2. 'peoples'

When you are referring to several countries, tribes, or races, you can use the plural form peoples.

They all belong to the ancient group of Indo-European peoples.
3. another use of 'people'

People can also be used to say that something is generally done.

I don't think people should drive so fast.
She always tried to help people.
4. 'person'

Person is a countable noun. A person is an individual man, woman, or child.

There was far too much food for one person.
Chen is a good person to ask if you have a computer problem.

The usual plural of 'person' is people, but in formal English persons is sometimes used.

No unauthorized persons may enter the building.


Past participle: peopled
Gerund: peopling

I people
you people
he/she/it peoples
we people
you people
they people
I peopled
you peopled
he/she/it peopled
we peopled
you peopled
they peopled
Present Continuous
I am peopling
you are peopling
he/she/it is peopling
we are peopling
you are peopling
they are peopling
Present Perfect
I have peopled
you have peopled
he/she/it has peopled
we have peopled
you have peopled
they have peopled
Past Continuous
I was peopling
you were peopling
he/she/it was peopling
we were peopling
you were peopling
they were peopling
Past Perfect
I had peopled
you had peopled
he/she/it had peopled
we had peopled
you had peopled
they had peopled
I will people
you will people
he/she/it will people
we will people
you will people
they will people
Future Perfect
I will have peopled
you will have peopled
he/she/it will have peopled
we will have peopled
you will have peopled
they will have peopled
Future Continuous
I will be peopling
you will be peopling
he/she/it will be peopling
we will be peopling
you will be peopling
they will be peopling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been peopling
you have been peopling
he/she/it has been peopling
we have been peopling
you have been peopling
they have been peopling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been peopling
you will have been peopling
he/she/it will have been peopling
we will have been peopling
you will have been peopling
they will have been peopling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been peopling
you had been peopling
he/she/it had been peopling
we had been peopling
you had been peopling
they had been peopling
I would people
you would people
he/she/it would people
we would people
you would people
they would people
Past Conditional
I would have peopled
you would have peopled
he/she/it would have peopled
we would have peopled
you would have peopled
they would have peopled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectivelypeople - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
human beings, human race, humankind, humans, mankind, humanity, world, man - all of the living human inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
peoples - the human beings of a particular nation or community or ethnic group; "the indigenous peoples of Australia"
age bracket, age group, cohort - a group of people having approximately the same age
ancients - people who lived in times long past (especially during the historical period before the fall of the Roman Empire in western Europe)
baffled - people who are frustrated and perplexed; "the children's faces clearly expressed the frustration of the baffled"
blind - people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group; "he spent hours reading to the blind"
blood - people viewed as members of a group; "we need more young blood in this organization"
brave - people who are brave; "the home of the free and the brave"
cautious, timid - people who are fearful and cautious; "whitewater rafting is not for the timid"
business people, businesspeople - people who transact business (especially business executives)
damned - people who are condemned to eternal punishment; "he felt he had visited the realm of the damned"
dead - people who are no longer living; "they buried the dead"
living - people who are still living; "save your pity for the living"
deaf - people who have severe hearing impairments; "many of the deaf use sign language"
defeated, discomfited - people who are defeated; "the Romans had no pity for the defeated"
disabled, handicapped - people collectively who are crippled or otherwise physically handicapped; "technology to help the elderly and the disabled"
doomed, lost - people who are destined to die soon; "the agony of the doomed was in his voice"
enemy - any hostile group of people; "he viewed lawyers as the real enemy"
episcopacy, episcopate - the collective body of bishops
common people, folk, folks - people in general (often used in the plural); "they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
free, free people - people who are free; "the home of the free and the brave"
homebound - people who are confined to their homes
enlightened, initiate - people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it is very familiar to the initiate"
uninitiate - people who have not been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it diverts the attention of the uninitiate"
developmentally challenged, mentally retarded, retarded - people collectively who are mentally retarded; "he started a school for the retarded"
network army - a group of like-minded people united by the internet; a new kind of social or political of business group that may exert broad influence on a shared concern; "a network army of software programmers contribute free software to those who want it"
nationality - people having common origins or traditions and often comprising a nation; "immigrants of the same nationality often seek each other out"; "such images define their sense of nationality"
peanut gallery - (figurative) people whose criticisms are regarded as irrelevant or insignificant (resembling uneducated people who throw peanuts on the stage to express displeasure with a performance); "he ignored complaints from the peanut gallery"
pocket - a small isolated group of people; "they were concentrated in pockets inside the city"; "the battle was won except for cleaning up pockets of resistance"
retreated - people who have retreated; "he had only contempt for the retreated"
sick - people who are sick; "they devote their lives to caring for the sick"
tradespeople - people engaged in trade
maimed, wounded - people who are wounded; "they had to leave the wounded where they fell"
migration - a group of people migrating together (especially in some given time period)
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
nation, country, land - the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"
2.people - the body of citizens of a state or country; "the Spanish people"
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
country people, countryfolk - people living in the same country; compatriots
Arcado-Cyprians, Achaean - the ancient Greek inhabitants of Achaea
Aeolian - the ancient Greek inhabitants of Aeolia
Dorian - the ancient Greek inhabitants of Doris who entered Greece from the north about 1100 BC
Ionian - the ancient Greek inhabitants of Attica and related regions in Ionia
electorate - the body of enfranchised citizens; those qualified to vote
governed - the body of people who are citizens of a particular government; "governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed"--Declaration of Independence
citizen - a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
3.people - members of a family line; "his people have been farmers for generations"; "are your people still alive?"
kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, family line, sept, folk, family - people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
4.people - the common people generallypeople - the common people generally; "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
laity, temporalty - in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
audience - the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment; "every artist needs an audience"; "the broadcast reached an audience of millions"
followers, following - a group of followers or enthusiasts
Verb1.people - fill with people; "Stalin wanted to people the empty steppes"
populate - fill with inhabitants; "populate the forest with deer and wild boar for hunting"
2.people - furnish with people; "The plains are sparsely populated"
inhabit, live, populate, dwell - inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of; "People lived in Africa millions of years ago"; "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted"; "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean"; "deer are populating the woods"


plural noun
1. persons, humans, individuals, folk (informal), men and women, human beings, humanity, mankind, mortals, the human race, Homo sapiens, PPL (S.M.S.) People should treat the planet with respect.
2. the public, the crowd, the masses, the general public, the mob, the herd, the grass roots, the rank and file, the multitude, the populace, the proletariat, the rabble, the plebs, the proles (derogatory slang, chiefly Brit.), the commonalty, (the) hoi polloi, PPL (S.M.S.) the will of the people
3. nation, public, community, subjects, population, residents, citizens, folk, inhabitants, electors, populace, tax payers, citizenry, (general) public, PPL (S.M.S.) the people of Rome
4. race, tribe, ethnic group, PPL (S.M.S.) the native peoples of Central and South America
5. family, parents, relations, relatives, folk, folks (informal), clan, kin, next of kin, kinsmen, nearest and dearest, kith and kin, your own flesh and blood, PPL (S.M.S.) My people still live in Ireland.
1. inhabit, occupy, settle, populate, colonize a small town peopled by workers and families
"The voice of the people is the voice of God" [Alcuin Epistles]


African peoples  Bantu, Barotse, Basotho, Berber, Bushman, Chewa, Damara, Dinka, Duala, Edo, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Ewe, Gabonese, Galla, Gambian, Ghanaian or Ghanian, Griqua or Grikwa, Hausa, Herero, Hottentot, Hutu, Ibibio, Ibo or Igbo, Kabyle, Kikuyu, Kongo, Luba, Luo, Malinke or Maninke, Masai, Matabele, Moor, Mosotho, Mossi, Nama or Namaqua, Ndebele, Negrillo, Negro, Nguni, Nuba, Nupe, Nyanja, Nyoro, Ovambo, Pondo, Pygmy or Pigmy, Rif, Riff, or Rifi, Shangaan, Shluh, Shona, Somali, Songhai, Sotho, Strandloper, Susu, Swahili, Swazi, Temne, Tiv, Tsonga, Tswana, Tuareg, Tunisian, Tutsi, Venda, Watusi or Watutsi, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu
Asian peoples  Adivasi, Ainu, Akkadian or Accadian, Amalekite, Amorite, Andamanese, Arab, Babylonian, Bakhtyari, Baluchi or Balochi, Bashkir, Bedouin or Beduin, Bengali, Bihari, Burmese, Buryat, Chaldean or Chaldaean, Cham, Chinese, Chukchee or Chukchi, Chuvash, Cossack, Cumans, Dani, Dard, Dyak or Dayak, Elamite, Ephesian, Ephraimite, Essene, Evenki, Fulani, Gond, Gujarati or Gujerati, Gurkha, Hittite, Hui, Hun, Hurrian, Igorot or Igorrote, Israeli, Jat, Jewish, Kabardian, Kalmuck or Kalmyk, Kanarese or Canarese, Kara-Kalpak, Karen, Kashmiri, Kassite, Kazakh or Kazak, Khmer, Kurd, Lao, Lepcha, Lycian, Lydian, Malay, Maratha or Mahratta, Mede, Mishmi, Mon, Mongol, Montagnard, Moro, Motu, Munda, Naga, Negrito, Nogay, Nuri or Kafir, Palestinian, Pathan, Pashto, Pushto, or Pushtu, Phoenician, Punjabi or Panjabi, Sabaean or Sabean, Samoyed, Saracen, Semite, Shan, Sherpa, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Sogdian, Sumerian, Tadzhik, Tadjik, or Tajik, Tagalog, Talaing, Tamil, Tatar or Tartar, Thai, Tocharian or Tokharian, Tongan, Tungus, Turanian, Turk, Turkmen, Uigur or Uighur, Uzbek, Vedda or Veddah, Visayan or Bisayan, Yakut
Australasian peoples  Aborigine, Aranda, Dayak, Gurindji, Maori, Melanesian, Polynesian, Tagalog
Central and South American Indian peoples  Araucanian, Arawakan, Aymara, Aztec, Carib, Cashinahua, Chibca, Chimú, Ge, Guarani, Inca, Makuna, Maya, Mixtec, Nahuatl, Quechua, Kechua, or Quichua, Toltec, Tupi, Zapotec
Eskimo peoples  Aleut or Aleutian, Caribou Eskimo, Inuit or Innuit, Yupik
European peoples  Achaean or Achaian, Aeolian or Eolian, Albanian, Alemanni, Andalusian, Angle, Anglo-Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Aragonese, Armenian, Aryan, Ashkenazi, Austrian, Azerbaijani or Azeri, Azorean, Basque, Bavarian, Belgae, Belorussian, Bosnian Muslim, Breton, Briton, Brython, Bulgar, Bulgarian, Burgundian, Carinthian, Castilian, Catalan, Celt, Celtiberi, Chechen, Cheremis or Cheremiss, Cimbri, Cornish, Corsican, Croatian or Croat, Cymry or Kymry, Czech, Dane, Dorian, Dutch, English, Faeroese, Finn, Ephesian, Estonian or Esthonian, Etruscan or Etrurian, Fleming, Frank, French, Frisian, Gaelic, Galician, Gascon, Gaul, Georgian, German, Goidel, Goth, Greek, Gypsy or Gipsy, Hellenic, Iberian or Celtiberian, Icelandic, Iceni, Illyrian, Indo-European, Ingush, Ionian, Irish, Jute, Karelian, Komi, Latin, Lapp, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lombard or Langobard, Lusatian, Luxembourger, Macedonian, Magyar, Maltese, Manx, Montenegrin, Mordvin, Norman, Norse, Norwegian, Ostrogoth, Ostyak, Pict, Pole, Portuguese, Provençal, Prussian, Romanian, Russian, Sabellian, Sabine, Salain, Samnite, Samoyed, Sardinian, Saxon, Scot, Scythian, Sephardi, Serbian, Sicilian, Silures, Slav, Slovak, Slovene, Sorb, Swabian, Swede, Swiss, Teuton, Thracian, Turk, Tyrolese, Ugrian, Ukrainian, Vandal, Viking, Visigoth, Vlach or Walach, Volsci, Votyak, Walloon, Welsh, Wend
Native American tribes  Abnaki, Aguaruna, Algonquian or Algonkian, Algonquin or Algonkin, Apache, Apalachee, Arapaho, Araucan, Arikara, Ashochimi, Assiniboine, Athabascan, Aymara, Aztec, Bella Coola, Biloxi, Blackfoot, Blood, Caddo, Campa, Carib, Catawba, Cayuga, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chickasaw, Chilcal, Chinook, Chippewa or Chippeway, Choctaw, Cocopa, Comanche, Cree, Creek, Crow, Dakota, Delaware, Dene, Dogrib, Flathead, Fox, Haida, Hidatsa, Hopi, Hupa, Huron, Illinois, Inca, Iowa, Iroquois, Kansa, Karankawa, Kichai, Kickapoo, Kiowa, Kootenay, Kwakiutl, Leni-Lenapé, Lipan, Mandan, Mapuche, Maya, Menomini or Menominee, Miami, Micmac, Minnetaree, Mixtec, Mohave or Mojave, Mohawk, Mohegan, Mohican or Mahican, Moki or Moqui, Montagnard, Muskogean or Muskhogean, Nahuatl, Narraganset, Natchez, Navaho or Navajo, Nez Percé, Nootka, Ojibwa or Ojibway, Omaha, Oneida, Onondaga, Orejone, Osage, Ostiak, Ottawa, Paiute, Pasamaquoddy, Pawnee, Penobscot, Pequot, Pericu, Piegan, Pima, Powhatan, Pueblo, Quakaw, Quechua, Quichua, or Kechua, Root-digger, Salish, Santee, Sarcee, Sauk, Seminole, Seneca, Shawnee, Shoshoni, Shushwap, Sioux, Stonies, Susquehanna, Teton, Tlingit, Toltec, Tonkawa, Tuscarora, Ute, Wappo, Warrau, Wichita, Winnebago, Wyandot, Yaqui, Yuchi, Yuma, Yunca, Zuni


Persons as an organized body:
To live in (a place), as does a people:
أشْخاصشَعْبنَاسٌناس، النّاس
emberekemberek: az embereknép
fólk, manneskjurmanneskjur, fólkòjóî, òjóîflokkur
asmenyseiliniai žmonėsgiminėšeimažmonės
cilvēkicilvēki, ļaudisnācijatauta
ngườinhân dân


A. N
1. (with pl vb)
1.1. (seen as a mass) → gente f
what will people think?¿qué va a pensar la gente?
they stole from people's housesrobaban las casas de la gente
the place was full of peopleel local estaba lleno de gente
country peoplela gente del campo
I like the people herela gente de aquí me cae bien
here people quarrel a lotaquí se riñe mucho
they don't mix much with the local peopleno se tratan mucho con la gente del lugar
what a lot of people!¡cuánta gente!
old peoplelos ancianos, la gente mayor
people say thatdicen que ..., la gente dice que ...
young peoplelos jóvenes, la gente joven
1.2. (= persons, individuals) → personas fpl
20 people20 personas
millions of peoplemillones mpl de personas
people are more important than animalslas personas son más importantes que los animales
how many people are there in your family?¿cuántos sois en tu familia?
he got a knighthood, him of all people!le han nombrado sir, ¡precisamente a él!
you of all people should understanddeberías entenderlo mejor que nadie
the people concernedla gente or las personas en cuestión
English peoplelos ingleses
two English peopledos ingleses
the gas people are coming tomorrowlos del gas vienen mañana
people like you are not welcomeno queremos gente como tú
many people think thatmucha gente cree que ..., muchos creen que ...
most people like ita la mayoría de la gente le gusta
several people have told meme lo han dicho varias personas
some people are born luckyhay gente que nace de pie, hay gente con suerte
they're strange peopleson gente rara
what do you people think?y ustedes ¿qué opinan?
see also little 1 B
1.3. (= inhabitants) → habitantes mpl
Madrid has over four million peopleMadrid tiene más de cuatro millones de habitantes
the people of Londonlos habitantes de Londres, los londinenses
the people of Angolalos habitantes or la gente de Angola
the people of this country are fed upla gente de este país está harta
a leader who will serve the country and its peopleun líder al servicio del país y de su gente
1.4. (= citizens, public) → pueblo m
the peopleel pueblo
the will of the peoplela voluntad popular or del pueblo
the British peopleel pueblo británico
the king and his peopleel rey y su pueblo or sus súbditos
a people's army/democracy/republicun ejército/una democracia/una república popular
government by the peopleel gobierno del pueblo
the people at largeel pueblo en general
a man of the peopleun hombre del pueblo
power to the peoplepoder m para el pueblo
a people's tribunalun tribunal popular
to go to the peopleconsultar la opinión popular
see also common A1
1.5. (= family) → gente f, familia f
my people come from the northmi familia or mi gente es del norte
have you met his people?¿conoces a su familia?
1.6. (= colleagues) I asked one of our people in Boston to handle itpedí a uno de los nuestros en Boston que se encargara de ello
2. (with sing vb) (= ethnic group) → pueblo m
an oppressed peopleun pueblo oprimido
the peoples of the former Soviet Unionlos pueblos de la antigua Unión Soviética
Spanish-speaking peopleslos pueblos or las gentes de habla hispana
B. VTpoblar
the country is peopled by nomadsel país está poblado or habitado por nómadas
his novels are peopled with outlandish characterssus novelas están pobladas de personajes extravagantes
C. CPD people carrier Nmonovolumen m
people mover N (US) → cinta f transbordadora, pasillo m móvil


(gen)gens mpl
The people were nice → Les gens étaient sympathiques.
The room was full of people
BUT La salle était pleine de monde.La salle était pleine de gens.
a lot of people → beaucoup de gens
I know people who ... → je connais des gens qui ...
(indefinite use) people say that ... → on dit que ..., les gens disent que ...
People shouldn't make promises that they can't keep → Il ne faut pas faire de promesses quand on est incapable de les tenir.
There has been a complete change in people's ideas on the subject → Les idées sur ce sujet ont connu un changement radical.
(= individuals) → personnes fpl
six people → six personnes
several people → plusieurs personnes
How many people are there in your family?
BUT Vous êtes combien dans votre famille?.
(of a particular kind) old people → les personnes fpl âgées
young people → les jeunes mpl
French people → les Français mpl
Black people → les Noirs mpl
(= citizens) → peuple m
(= nation, race) → peuple m
(= ordinary people) the people → le peuple
a man of the people → un homme du peuple people power, people skills
to be peopled by [place] → être peuplé(e) de; [novel] → être peuplé(e) depeople carrier n (= vehicle) → monospace mpeople mover people-mover n
(= vehicle) → monospace m
(at airport)trottoir m roulantpeople power npouvoir m populairepeople skills npl
to have good people skills → avoir un bon contactpeople trafficking ntrafic m d'êtres humains


Menschen pl; (not in formal context) → Leute pl; we’re concerned with peopleuns geht es um die Menschen; French people are very fond of their fooddie Franzosen lieben ihre gute Küche; that’s typical of Edinburgh peopledas ist typisch für (die) Leute aus Edinburgh; a job where you meet peopleeine Arbeit, wo man mit Menschen or Leuten zusammenkommt; people who need peopleMenschen, die andere Menschen brauchen; all the people in the worldalle Menschen auf der Welt; all people with red hairalle Rothaarigen; some people don’t like itmanche Leute mögen es nicht; most people in show businessdie meisten Leute im Showgeschäft; aren’t people funny?was gibt es doch für seltsame Menschen or Leute?; the people you meet!Menschen or Leute gibts!; why me of all people?warum ausgerechnet ich/mich?; I met Harry of all people!ausgerechnet Harry habe ich getroffen!; of all people who do you think I should meet?stell dir mal vor, wen ich getroffen habe?; what do you people think?was haltet ihr denn davon?; poor peoplearme Leute pl, → Arme pl; blind peopleBlinde pl; disabled peopleBehinderte pl; middle-aged peopleMenschen plmittleren Alters; old peopleSenioren pl; city peopleStadtmenschen pl; country peopleMenschen plvom Land, Landleute pl (dated); some people!Leute gibts!; some people have all the luckmanche Leute haben einfach Glück
(= inhabitants)Bevölkerung f; the people of Rome/Egypt etcdie Bevölkerung von Rom/Ägypten etc; Madrid has over 5 million peopleMadrid hat über 5 Millionen Einwohner
(= one, they)man; (= people in general, the neighbours)die Leute; people say that …man sagt, dass …; what will people think!was sollen die Leute denken!; people in general tend to say …im Allgemeinen neigt man zu der Behauptung
(= nation, masses, subjects)Volk nt; the common peopledas einfache Volk, die breite Masse; a man of the peopleein Mann mdes Volkes; government by the people (of the people)eine Regierung des Volkes; the Belgian peopledie Belgier pl, → das belgische Volk; People’s police/Republic etcVolkspolizei f/-republik fetc
vtbesiedeln; to be peopled bybevölkert sein von; the world seems to be peopled with idiotsdie Welt scheint von Idioten bevölkert zu sein


people carrier
n (Aut) → Großraumlimousine f, → Van m
people mover
(= moving pavement)Rollband nt, → Rollsteig m
people power
People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals
n (Brit) kostenloses Behandlungszentrum für Haustiere


1. n
a. (pl, persons) → persone fpl, gente fsg
old people → i vecchi
young people → i giovani
some people → alcuni mpl, certa gente
four/several people came → sono venute quattro/parecchie persone
the room was full of people → la stanza era piena di gente
what do you people think? → e voi (altri) cosa ne pensate?
some people are born lucky → c'è chi nasce con la camicia
you of all people should ... → se c'è uno che dovrebbe... quello sei tu
b. (pl, in general) → gente fsg
many people think that ... → molti pensano che..., molta gente pensa che...
people say that ... → si dice or la gente dice che...
c. (pl, inhabitants) → abitanti mpl
the people of London → i londinesi
country people → la gente di campagna
town people → la gente di città
d. (pl) (Pol) (citizens) → popolo; (general public) → pubblico
the people → il popolo
people at large → il grande pubblico
a man of the people → un uomo del popolo
e. (pl, family) → famiglia fsg
f. (sg, nation, race) → popolo, nazione f
2. vt to people (with)popolare (con)
to be peopled with → essere popolato/a di


(ˈpiːpl) noun plural
1. persons. There were three people in the room.
2. men and women in general. People often say such things.
3. (noun singular) a nation or race. all the peoples of this world.
the people
the ordinary people of a country as opposed to the aristocracy etc. government for the people by the people.

people is usually plural: The people waiting at the airport were impatient .
people is singular, and has the plural peoples , when it means a nation: a defeated people ; the peoples of eastern Europe .


نَاسٌ lidé folk Menschen άνθρωποι gente ihmiset gens ljudi persone 人々 사람들 mensen personer ludzie pessoas люди folk ผู้คน insanlar người 人们


n. [of a nation] pueblo; [population] población, personas, habitantes; gente.


n personas, gente f; little — (euph, dwarfs) enanos -nas mfpl
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If the source of power lies neither in the physical nor in the moral qualities of him who possesses it, it must evidently be looked for elsewhere- in the relation to the people of the man who wields the power.
I say then that such a principality is obtained either by the favour of the people or by the favour of the nobles.
WHEN the people of America reflect that they are now called upon to decide a question, which, in its consequences, must prove one of the most important that ever engaged their attention, the propriety of their taking a very comprehensive, as well as a very serious, view of it, will be evident.
To speak truth, and be skilful with bow and arrow"--so seemed it alike pleasing and hard to the people from whom cometh my name--the name which is alike pleasing and hard to me.
How that company fared at the hands of Umslopogaas and of Galazi the Wolf, and at the fangs of the people black and grey, I have told you, my father.
It is evident that no other form would be reconcilable with the genius of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the Revolution; or with that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom, to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.
There are traditions still extant among the people of Slavs of the true faith suffering under the yoke of the 'unclean sons of Hagar.
But the time was come when he could not be a friend to the people without ceasing to be a friend to the king.
So now people begged Macpherson to travel through the Highlands and gather together as much of the old poetry of the people as he could.
For if liberty and equality, as some persons suppose, are chiefly to be found in a democracy, it must be most so by every department of government being alike open to all; but as the people are the majority, and what they vote is law, it follows that such a state must be a democracy.
Accordingly, he wrote to the people who had applied to him for the information, that he did not know of any white man to suggest, but if they would be willing to take a coloured man, he had one whom he could recommend.
They had been the settlers of thirteen separate and distinct English colonies, along the margin of the shore of the North American Continent; contiguously situated, but chartered by adventurers of characters variously diversified, including sectarians, religious and political, of all the classes which for the two preceding centuries had agitated and divided the people of the British islands--and with them were intermingled the descendants of Hollanders, Swedes, Germans, and French fugitives from the persecution of the revoker of the Edict of Nantes.