Definition of the general public noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the general public

 noun
noun
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; NAmE
 
[singular + singular or plural verb]
 
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ordinary people who are not members of a particular group or organization At that time, the general public was/were not aware of the health risks. The exhibition is not open to the general public.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the general public