The masses refers to a large, general group of regular folks — the common people of a society. If you’re super rich, you ride around in a private jet while the masses take crowded buses.

The masses don’t include celebrities, rich people, royalty, or political leaders. The masses are everybody else. People use this term when they need to speak generally about the majority, although it often refers to the lower class. To win an election, a politician must appeal to the masses. Popular movies and music also must appeal to the masses — in other words, they need mass appeal. The word masses is also just plural for any kind of mass.

Definitions of masses
  1. noun
    the common people generally
    synonyms: hoi polloi, mass, multitude, people, the great unwashed
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    laity, temporalty
    in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
    the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment
    followers, following
    a group of followers or enthusiasts
    the audience reached by written communications (books or magazines or newspapers etc.)
    TV audience, viewers, viewing audience
    the audience reached by television
    a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance
    any loyal and steadfast following
    the fans of a sport or famous person
    type of:
    group, grouping
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
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