Human beings are people. Individuals, folks, humankind — we're all people.

The word people is usually a noun, as in: two or more humans. It can also mean "all the citizens," as in a political leader who understands the needs of the people. People can also be a verb meaning "to inhabit or fill with people," as in: we need to people the empty seats so that tonight's speaker isn't disappointed with a small audience.

Definitions of people

n (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

“old people
“there were at least 200 people in the audience”
Ferdinand and Isabella
joint monarchs of Spain; Ferdinand V and Isabella I
William and Mary
joint monarchs of England; William III and Mary II
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the human beings of a particular nation or community or ethnic group
age bracket, age group, cohort
a group of people having approximately the same age
people who lived in times long past (especially during the historical period before the fall of the Roman Empire in western Europe)
people who are frustrated and perplexed
people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group
people viewed as members of a group
people who are brave
cautious, timid
people who are fearful and cautious
business people, businesspeople
people who transact business (especially business executives)
people who are condemned to eternal punishment
people who are no longer living
people who are still living
people who have severe hearing impairments
defeated, discomfited
people who are defeated
disabled, handicapped
people collectively who are crippled or otherwise physically handicapped
doomed, lost
people who are destined to die soon
any hostile group of people
episcopacy, episcopate
the collective body of bishops
common people, folk, folks
people in general (often used in the plural)
free, free people
people who are free
people who are confined to their homes
enlightened, initiate
people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity
people who have not been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity
developmentally challenged, mentally retarded, retarded
people collectively who are mentally retarded
network army
a group of like-minded people united by the internet; a new kind of social or political of business group that may exert broad influence on a shared concern
people having common origins or traditions and often comprising a nation
peanut gallery
(figurative) people whose criticisms are regarded as irrelevant or insignificant (resembling uneducated people who throw peanuts on the stage to express displeasure with a performance)
a small isolated group of people
people who have retreated
people who are sick
people engaged in trade
maimed, wounded
people who are wounded
a group of people migrating together (especially in some given time period)
class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
people having the same social, economic, or educational status
country, land, nation
the people who live in a nation or country
poor, poor people
people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
rich, rich people
people who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group)
populace, public, world
people in general considered as a whole
the people who inhabit a territory or state
coevals, contemporaries, generation
all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest
business, clientele, patronage
customers collectively
rank and file
people who constitute the main body of any group
smart money
people who are highly experienced or who have inside information
people who have not confessed
unemployed, unemployed people
people who are involuntarily out of work (considered as a group)
women as distinguished from men
chosen people
any people believing themselves to be chosen by God
aged, elderly
people who are old collectively
young, youth
young people collectively
country people, countryfolk
people raised in or living in a rural environment; rustics
the halt
(archaic) lame persons collectively
people of good family and breeding and high social status
grass roots
the common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity)
home folk
folks from your own home town
poor people who unfortunately do not have a home to live in
people who have been slain (as in battle)
domain, world
people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest
age class
people in the same age range
the class of people engaged in growing food
brotherhood, fraternity, sodality
people engaged in a particular occupation
estate, estate of the realm, the three estates
a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights
home front
the civilian population (and their activities) of a country at war
the segment of the public that is easily influenced by mass media (chiefly British)
labor, labour, proletariat, working class
a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
lower class, underclass
the social class lowest in the social hierarchy
bourgeoisie, middle class
the social class between the lower and upper classes
class consisting of all those who are considered boobs
commonality, commonalty, commons
a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank
the class of peasants
a class of woman not considered respectable because of indiscreet or promiscuous behavior
the criminal class
class of small freeholders who cultivated their own land
youth culture
young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture
a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth
(Hinduism) a hereditary social class among Hindus; stratified according to ritual purity
peer group
contemporaries of the same status
upper class, upper crust
the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy
a class of 14th century Japanese who were trained in martial arts and were hired for espionage and assassinations
rabble, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff
disparaging terms for the common people
firing line
the most advanced and responsible group in an activity
immigrant class
recent immigrants who are lumped together as a class by their low socioeconomic status in spite of different cultural backgrounds
politically moderate persons; centrists
old school
a class of people favoring traditional ideas
the customers for a particular product or service
craft, trade
people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
needy people collectively
fair sex, woman, womanhood
women as a class
Hebrews, Israelites
the ethnic group claiming descent from Abraham and Isaac (especially from Isaac's son Jacob); the nation whom God chose to receive his revelation and with whom God chose to make a covenant (Exodus 19)
Dutch, Dutch people
the people of the Netherlands
British, British people, Brits
the people of Great Britain
English, English people
the people of England
Irish, Irish people
people of Ireland or of Irish extraction
French, French people
the people of France
Spanish, Spanish people
the people of Spain
Swiss, Swiss people
the natives or inhabitants of Switzerland
Type of:
group, grouping
any number of entities (members) considered as a unit

n the body of citizens of a state or country

“the Spanish people
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country people, countryfolk
people living in the same country; compatriots
Achaean, Arcado-Cyprians
the ancient Greek inhabitants of Achaea
the ancient Greek inhabitants of Aeolia
the ancient Greek inhabitants of Doris who entered Greece from the north about 1100 BC
the ancient Greek inhabitants of Attica and related regions in Ionia
the body of enfranchised citizens; those qualified to vote
the body of people who are citizens of a particular government
Type of:
group, grouping
any number of entities (members) considered as a unit

n the common people generally

“power to the people
hoi polloi, mass, masses, multitude, 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

n members of a family line

“his people have been farmers for generations”
“are your people still alive?”
Type of:
family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept
people descended from a common ancestor

v fill with people

“Stalin wanted to people the empty steppes”
Type of:
fill with inhabitants

v furnish with people

Type of:
dwell, inhabit, live, populate
inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

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