|Origin:||peuple, from Latin populus; POPULAR|
peo‧ple1 S1 W1
used as the plural of 'person' to refer to men, women, and children: ! ➔ see note at person
How many people were at the meeting?
At least 40 people were killed.
the people who live next door
people in general, or people other than yourself:
people in general[plural]
I 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.
the people who belong to a particular country, race, or area
country/race[countable also + plural verb]
the British/American etc people
He pledged that he would never lie to the American people.
the Basques, a people of north western Spain
the peoples of Europe
all the ordinary people in a country or a state, not the government or ruling class:
The people rebelled.
Rice formed the staple food of the common people.
The party try to portray the prime minister as a man of the people (=someone in power who understands or is like ordinary people).
the people's party/army etc (=belonging to or popular with the ordinary people)
the People's Liberation Army
Diana - the people's princess
b) American English
used in court cases to represent the government of the US or of a particular state:
The People vs. Romero
the people that a king or leader rules or leads:
The king ordered his people to prepare for war.
the people who work for a person or organization:
A manager's job is to make his or her people feel part of the system.
c) SSF old-fashioned
your relatives, especially your parents, grandparents etc:
Do your people live round here?
used to say that someone is the person you would least or most expect to do something:
Why should he, of all people, get a promotion?
You of all people should have known better.
used to get the attention of a group of people:
to get attention[plural] American English spoken informal
Listen up, people!