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

n the common people generally

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
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group, grouping
any number of entities (members) considered as a unit

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