Definition of the hoi polloi noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the hoi polloi

BrE BrE//ˌhɔɪ pəˈlɔɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɔɪ pəˈlɔɪ//
[plural] (disapproving or humorous)
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an insulting word for ordinary people Word Originmid 17th cent.: Greek, literally ‘the many’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the hoi polloi