People

Definition of People

Peo´ple   Pronunciation: pē´p'l
n.1.The body of persons who compose a community, tribe, nation, or race; an aggregate of individuals forming a whole; a community; a nation.
Unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
- Gen. xlix. 10.
The ants are a people not strong.
- Prov. xxx. 25.
Before many peoples, and nations, and tongues.
- Rev. x. 11.
Earth's monarchs are her peoples.
- Whitter.
A government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people.
- T. Parker.
2.Persons, generally; an indefinite number of men and women; folks; population, or part of population; as, country people; - sometimes used as an indefinite subject or verb, like on in French, and man in German; as, people in adversity.
People were tempted to lend by great premiums.
- Swift.
People have lived twenty-four days upon nothing but water.
- Arbuthnot.
3.The mass of community as distinguished from a special class; the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the common crowd; as, nobles and people.
And strive to gain his pardon from the people.
- Addison.
4.One's ancestors or family; kindred; relations; as, my people were English.
v. t.1.To stock with people or inhabitants; to fill as with people; to populate.
[imp. & p. p. Peopled (pē"p'ld) p. pr. & vb. n.; Peopling (pē"p'lĭng).]
As the gay motes that people the sunbeams.
- Milton.

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