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noun people pronunciation in American English /ˈpip(ə)l/
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singularpeople
pluralpeoples
  1. 1
    the plural of person
    Thousands of people marched in protest.
    The accident left three people dead and many injured.
    young/old people
    a group/crowd of people
    People were running everywhere.
    many/few/some people: Many people here would agree with you.
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    1. a.
      [plural] used for referring to humans in general
      People tend to think that doctors know everything.
    2. b.
      [plural] men and women who work for the same organization, do the same type of work, or share the same interests
      military/religious/financial people
      scientifically-minded people
  2. 2

    the people

    [plural] ordinary people who are not members of the government or the upper classes
    On this issue, the government has failed to listen to the people.
    a man/woman of the people: Many thought the governor was a man of the people (=a leader who cares about ordinary people).
  3. 3
    [countable] a group consisting of all the persons who belong to a nation, religion, or race
    the Japanese/Spanish/German people
    They are a proud, dignified people.
    Over thousands of years, peoples from central Asia came to settle here.
    people of color: We need to discuss issues concerning people of color (=people whose skin is darker than the skin of white people).
  4. 4

    the people

    legal the lawyers representing the U.S. government or a U.S. state in a criminal case
    the case of the people versus the Jameson Financial Company

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