Meaning of “people” in the English Dictionary

"people" in British English

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peoplenoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈpiː.pəl/ us /ˈpiː.pəl/

A1 men, women, and children:

Many people never do any exercise.
We've invited 30 people to our party.

used to refer to everyone, or informally to the group that you are speaking to:

People will think you've gone mad.
People like to be made to feel important.
Now that we've discussed our problems, are people happy with the decisions we've made?

men and women who are involved in a particular type of work:

We'll have to get the people at the city council to look at these plans.
Most of her friends are media people.
the people

C1 the large number of ordinary men and women who do not have positions of power in society:

She claims to be the voice of the people.
The president has lost the support of the people.
the people's Princess
sb's people informal

the people someone is related to:

Her people come from Scotland originally.

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peoplenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpiː.pəl/ us /ˈpiː.pəl/

(Definition of “people” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"people" in American English

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peopleplural noun

us /ˈpi·pəl/

people plural noun (PERSONS)

men, women, and children generally; pl ofperson:

There were a lot of people there.
Some people were hurt.

People can refer to a particular group mentioned:

young/old people
poor/rich people
Those people look as if they’re lost.

When you say the people, you mean the large number of ordinary men and women who do not have positions of power:

The president wanted to take his message directly to the people.
Note: See the usage note at person.

peoplenoun [ C ]

us /ˈpi·pəl/

people noun [ C ] (NATION)

a culture or nation:

It is a custom shared by many Native American peoples.

peopleverb [ T ]

us /ˈpi·pəl/

people verb [ T ] (PERSONS)

If a place is peopled by a particular type of people, they have moved there or live there:

Honolulu is peopled by native Hawaiians, Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, white Americans, and others.

(Definition of “people” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"people" in Business English

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peoplenoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈpiːpl/ us

HR the people who work for a particular organization or person:

Firms need to keep investing both in infrastructure and their people.
Your people can talk to my people about percentages.

(Definition of “people” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)