Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “people”

See all translations

people

plural noun  /ˈpi·pəl/ us  

people plural noun (PERSONS)

men, women, and children generally; pl of person : 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.

people

noun [C]  /ˈpi·pəl/ us  

people noun [C] (NATION)

a culture or nation: It is a custom shared by many Native American peoples.

people

verb [T]  /ˈpi·pəl/ us  

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)
What is the pronunciation of people?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “people” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More