From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpeoplepeo‧ple1 /ˈpiːpəl/ ●●●S1W1 noun1persons [plural]PERSON/PEOPLE used as the plural of ‘person’ to refer to men, women, and childrenHow many people were at the meeting?At least 40 people were killed.the people who live next door2people in general [plural] people in general, or people other than yourselfI don’t care what people think.People can be really mean sometimes.theatre/business etc people (=people who work or are involved in the theatre etc)The hotel was full of business people.3country/race [countable]COUNTRY/NATION the people who belong to a particular country, race, or areathe British/American etc peopleHe pledged that he would never lie to the American people.people ofthe Basques, a people of northwestern Spainthe peoples of Europe4 →the people5 →somebody’s people6 →of all people7to get attention [plural] American English spoken informalGROUP OF PEOPLE used to get the attention of a group of peopleListen up, people! →little peopleGRAMMAR: Singular or plural verb?People is followed by a plural verb: The American people are proud of their democracy.✗Don’t say: The American people is proud of its democracy.THESAURUSpeople people in generalMost people know that smoking causes lung cancer.People are the same everywhere.folk informal peopleLouisa's parents were country folk and believed very much in herbal remedies. They looked like two ordinary folk.There are still folk around here who remember the old days.the publicordinary people, not people who belong to the government or are members of a particular company or organizationThis information should be made available to the public. population all the people who live in a particular areaThe majority of the population were farmers.The city has a population of 11 million.the human race all the people in the world, considered as a groupthe origins of the human racemankind (also humankind) people in general – used especially when talking about their history or development, or how something affects their existence. Some people think that the wordmankind seems to make women seem unimportant, and prefer to use humankind insteadTravelling into space was a great advance for mankind.populace formal the people who live in a country – a very formal useIt is a country where 80% of the populace live in poverty.