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

 

the hoi polloi

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