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



    BrE BrE//ˈpiːpl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːpl//
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  1. 1  [plural] persons; men, women and children At least ten people were killed in the crash. There were a lot of people at the party. Many young people are out of work.
  2. 2  [plural] persons in general or everyone He doesn't care what people think of him. She tends to annoy people. Use everyone or everybody instead of ‘all people’.
  3. 3  [countable] all the persons who live in a particular place or belong to a particular country, race, etc. the French people the native peoples of Siberia see also townspeople
  4. 4  the people [plural] the ordinary men and women of a country rather than those who govern or have a special position in society the life of the common people It was felt that the government was no longer in touch with the people. see also little people
  5. 5  [plural] men and women who work in a particular type of job or are involved in a particular area of activity a meeting with business people and bankers These garments are intended for professional sports people.
  6. 6[plural] (literary) the men, women and children that a person leads The king urged his people to prepare for war. the story of the Zulu leader who died while attempting to free his people
  7. 7[plural] the men and women who work for you or support you I've had my people watching the house for a few days. Our people are all highly trained and motivated.
  8. 8[plural] (informal) guests or friends I'm having people to dinner this evening.
  9. 9[plural] (old-fashioned) the men, women and children that you are closely related to, especially your parents, grandparents, etc. She's spending the holidays with her people.
  10. see also boat people, street people, tradespeople
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French poeple, from Latin populus ‘populace’.Extra examples Australia is a collectivity of diverse peoples. I was elected to represent the people of Bristol. Many innocent people were killed. The EU was intended to unite the peoples of Europe. The local tourist board is trying to attract more people to the town. These artists derived much of their imagery from the art of so-called primitive peoples. a line of limousines carrying very important people access for disabled people the culture of the Basque people the customs of primitive peoples of the Amazon Basin He doesn’t care what people think of him. He researched the customs of the primitive peoples of the Amazon Basin. The book contains translations of folk poetry of the Slav peoples. The caribou have traditionally been hunted by indigenous peoples in the area. The organization campaigns for the rights of tribal peoples. The rest of China’s Muslim minorities are mostly Turkic peoples. We should strive for peace among the peoples of the world. Working-class people in general get a bad deal from the legal system.Idioms
      be all things to all men/people
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    1. 1(of people) to please everyone by changing your attitudes or opinions to suit different people
    2. 2(of things) to be understood or used in different ways by different people
    (especially of a politician) a man who understands and is sympathetic to ordinary people He is not only a statesman, but also a man of the people. when you say of all people, you are emphasizing that somebody is the person you would most or least expect to do something She of all people should know the answer to that.
    people (who live) in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
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    (saying) you should not criticize other people, because they will easily find ways of criticizing you
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: people