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peo·ple


/ˈpēpəl/


noun

plural noun: people; noun: people; plural noun: peoples


1.


human beings in general or considered collectively. "the earthquake killed 30,000 people"


synonyms: human beings, persons, individuals, humans, mortals, (living) souls, personages, men, women, and children; informalfolks "crowds of people"



•the citizens of a country, especially when considered in relation to those who govern them. noun: the people

"his economic reforms no longer have the support of the people"


synonyms: citizens, subjects, electors, voters, taxpayers, residents, inhabitants, (general) public, citizenry, nation, population, populace "the American people"



•those without special rank or position in society; the populace. noun: the people

"he is very much a man of the people"


synonyms: common people, proletariat, masses, populace, rank and file, commonality, plebeians; More derogatoryhoi polloi, rabble, riffraff, (great) unwashed, (common) herd, proles, plebs;

humoroussheeple;

historicalthird estate


"a man of the people"



•a person's parents or relatives. noun: one's people; plural noun: one's peoples

"my people live in West Virginia"


synonyms: family, parents, relatives, relations, folks, kinsmen, kin, kith and kin, kinsfolk, flesh and blood, nearest and dearest "her people don't live far away"



•the supporters or employees of a person in a position of power or authority. noun: one's people; plural noun: one's peoples

"I've had my people watching the house for some time now"



•US the state prosecution in a trial. plural noun: People; noun: the People

"pretrial statements made by the People's witnesses"



2.


the men, women, and children of a particular nation, community, or ethnic group. "the native peoples of Canada"


synonyms: race, (ethnic) group, tribe, clan "the peoples of Africa"



verb

verb: people; 3rd person present: peoples; past tense: peopled; past participle: peopled; gerund or present participle: peopling


1.


(of a particular group of people) inhabit (an area or place). "an arid mountain region peopled by warring clans"


synonyms: populate, settle (in), colonize, inhabit, live in, occupy; More formalreside in, be domiciled in, dwell in


"the Beothuk who once peopled Newfoundland"



•fill or be present in (a place, environment, or domain). "the street is peopled with ragamuffin hippies"


•fill (an area or place) with a particular group of inhabitants. "it was his intention to people the town with English colonists"



Origin


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French poeple, from Latin populus ‘populace.’



per·son


/ˈpərs(ə)n/


noun

plural noun: people


1.


a human being regarded as an individual. "the porter was the last person to see her"


synonyms: human being, individual, man/woman, child, human, being, (living) soul, mortal, creature; More personage, character, customer;

informaltype, sort, cookie;

informal,body, dog;

archaicwight


"that person over there is the one who called the police"



•used in legal or formal contexts to refer to an unspecified individual. "the entrance fee is $10.00 per person"


•an individual characterized by a preference or liking for a specified thing. "she's not a cat person"


•an individual's body. "I have publicity photographs on my person at all times"


•a character in a play or story. "his previous roles in the person of a fallible cop"



2.


Grammar a category used in the classification of pronouns, possessive determiners, and verb forms, according to whether they indicate the speaker first person, the addressee second person, or a third party third person.


3.


Christian Theology each of the three modes of being of God, namely the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit, who together constitute the Trinity.


Origin


Middle English: from Old French persone, from Latin persona ‘actor's mask, character in a play,’ later ‘human being.’


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