people - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

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

noun [plural] uk   us   /ˈpiː.pl̩/
A1 men, women, and children: Many people never take 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 taken? men and women who are involved in a particular type of work: We'll have to get the people from the tax office to look at these accounts. 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 Princesssb's people informal the people someone is related to: Her people come from Scotland originally.
More examples

people

noun [C, + sing/pl verb] uk   us   /ˈpiː.pl̩/
all the men, women, and children who live in a particular country, or who have the same culture or language: The French are known as a food-loving people. a society: Customs similar to this one are found among many peoples of the world.
(Definition of people from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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

extra time

a period of time in a sports game in which play continues if neither team has won in the usual time allowed for the game

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More