Definition of populace noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɒpjələs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːpjələs//
(also the populace) [singular + singular or plural verb] (formal)
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all the ordinary people of a particular country or area He had the support of large sections of the local populace. The populace at large is/are opposed to sudden change. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French, from Italian popolaccio ‘common people’, from popolo ‘people’ + the pejorative suffix -accio.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: populace