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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  People  \Peo"ple\,  n.  [OE.  peple,  people,  OF  pueple,  F.  peuple, 
  fr  L.  populus.  Cf  {Populage},  {Public},  {Pueblo}.] 
  1.  The  body  of  persons  who  compose  a  community,  tribe, 
  nation,  or  race;  an  aggregate  of  individuals  forming  a 
  whole;  a  community;  a  nation. 
 
  Unto  him  shall  the  gathering  of  the  people  be 
  --Gen.  xlix. 
  10. 
 
  The  ants  are  a  people  not  strong.  --Prov.  xxx. 
  25. 
 
  Before  many  peoples,  and  nations,  and  tongues. 
  --Rev.  x.  11. 
 
  Earth's  monarchs  are  her  peoples.  --Whitter. 
 
  A  government  of  all  the  people,  by  all  the  people, 
  for  all  the  people.  --T.  Parker. 
 
  Note:  Peopleis  a  collective  noun  generally  construed  with  a 
  plural  verb  and  only  occasionally  used  in  the  plural 
  form  (peoples),  in  the  sense  of  nations  or  races. 
 
  2.  Persons,  generally;  an  indefinite  number  of  men  and  women; 
  folks;  population,  or  part  of  population;  as  country 
  people;  --  sometimes  used  as  an  indefinite  subject  or 
  verb  like  on  in  French,  and  man  in  German;  as  people  in 
  adversity. 
 
  People  were  tempted  to  lend  by  great  premiums. 
  --Swift. 
 
  People  have  lived  twenty-four  days  upon  nothing  but 
  water.  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  3.  The  mass  of  comunity  as  distinguished  from  a  special 
  class;  the  commonalty;  the  populace;  the  vulgar;  the 
  common  crowd;  as  nobles  and  people. 
 
  And  strive  to  gain  his  pardon  from  the  people. 
  --Addison. 
 
  4.  With  a  possessive  pronoun: 
  a  One's  ancestors  or  family;  kindred;  relations;  as  my 
  people  were  English. 
  b  One's  subjects;  fellow  citizens;  companions; 
  followers.  ``You  slew  great  number  of  his  people.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  {People},  {Nation}. 
 
  Usage:  When  speaking  of  a  state,  we  use  people  for  the  mass 
  of  the  community,  as  distinguished  from  their  rulers, 
  and  nation  for  the  entire  political  body,  including 
  the  rulers.  In  another  sense  of  the  term,  nation 
  describes  those  who  are  descended  from  the  same  stock; 
  and  in  this  sense  the  Germans  regard  themselves  as  one 
  nation,  though  politically  subject  to  different  forms 
  of  government. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  People  \Peo"ple\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Peopled}  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Peopling}.]  [Cf.  OF  popler,  puepler  F.  puepler  Cf 
  {Populate}.] 
  To  stock  with  people  or  inhabitants;  to  fill  as  with  people; 
  to  populate.  ``Peopled  heaven  with  angels.''  --Dryden. 
 
  As  the  gay  motes  that  people  the  sunbeams.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  people 
  n  1:  (plural)  any  group  of  human  beings  (men  or  women  or 
  children)  collectively;  "old  people";  "there  were  at 
  least  200  people  in  the  audience" 
  2:  the  body  of  citizens  of  a  state  or  country;  "the  Spanish 
  people"  [syn:  {citizenry}] 
  3:  the  common  people  generally;  "separate  the  warriors  from  the 
  mass";  "power  to  the  people"  [syn:  {multitude},  {masses}, 
  {mass},  {hoi  polloi}] 
  4:  members  of  a  family  line  "his  people  have  been  farmers  for 
  generations";  "are  your  people  still  alive?" 
  v  1:  fill  with  people;  "people  a  room" 
  2:  make  one's  home  or  live  in  "There  are  only  250,000  people 
  in  Island"  [syn:  {dwell},  {shack},  {reside},  {live},  {inhabit}, 
  {populate}] 




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