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Synonyms for people
ˈpi pəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. people(noun)

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

    "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"

    the great unwashed, masses, mass, hoi polloi, multitude, citizenry

  2. citizenry, people(noun)

    the body of citizens of a state or country

    "the Spanish people"

    the great unwashed, masses, mass, hoi polloi, multitude, citizenry

  3. people(noun)

    members of a family line

    "his people have been farmers for generations"; "are your people still alive?"

    the great unwashed, masses, mass, hoi polloi, multitude, citizenry

  4. multitude, masses, mass, hoi polloi, people, the great unwashed(verb)

    the common people generally

    "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"

    tidy sum, plurality, wad, peck, mint, plenty, lot, pack, hoi polloi, batch, raft, quite a little, passel, pile, muckle, volume, mass, good deal, stack, mountain, multitude, deal, battalion, throng, flock, hatful, mickle, slew, citizenry, heap, mess, sight, large number, concourse, spate, the great unwashed, bulk, great deal, masses, pot

  5. people(verb)

    fill with people

    "Stalin wanted to people the empty steppes"

  6. people(verb)

    furnish with people

    "The plains are sparsely populated"


  1. people(noun)

    To inhabit; to occupy; to populate.

    fans, groupies, supporters

  2. people(noun)

    The mass of a community as distinguished from a special class (elite); the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the common crowd; the citizens.

    commoners, populace, citizenry

  3. people(noun)

    leod, ledeEtymology 2

  4. people(noun)

    clan, community, folk, collective, caste, race, tribe, club, congregation, nation, class

  5. people(noun)

    kith, folks, kin

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. people

    A community is in general terms the aggregate of persons inhabiting any territory in common and viewed as having common interests; a commonwealth is such a body of persons having a common government, especially a republican government; as, the commonwealth of Massachusetts. A community may be very small; a commonwealth is ordinarily of considerable extent. A people is the aggregate of any public community, either in distinction from their rulers or as including them; a race is a division of mankind in the line of origin and ancestry; the people of the United States includes members of almost every race. The use of people as signifying persons collectively, as in the statement "The hall was full of people," has been severely criticized, but is old and accepted English, and may fitly be classed as idiomatic, and often better than persons, by reason of its collectivism. As Dean Alford suggests, it would make a strange transformation of the old hymn "All people that on earth do dwell" to sing "All persons that on earth do dwell." A state is an organized political community considered in its corporate capacity as "a body politic and corporate;" as, a legislative act is the act of the state; every citizen is entitled to the protection of the state. A nation is an organized political community considered with reference to the persons composing it as having certain definite boundaries, a definite number of citizens, etc. The members of a people are referred to as persons or individuals; the individual members of a state or nation are called citizens or subjects. The population of a country is simply the aggregate of persons residing within its borders, without reference to race, organization, or allegiance; unnaturalized residents form part of the population, but not of the nation, possessing none of the rights and being subject to none of the duties of citizens. In American usage State signifies one commonwealth of the federal union known as the United States. Tribe is now almost wholly applied to rude peoples with very imperfect political organization; as, the Indian tribes; nomadic tribes. Compare MOB.

    commonwealth, community, nation, population, race, state, tribe

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. people

    nation, community, populace, mob, crowd, vulgar, herd, mass, persons, inhabitants, commonalty, fellow-creatures, tribe, race

    aristocracy, nobility, government, ruler, oligarchy

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. people(n.)

    tribe, nation, race, clan, family

  2. people(n.)

    population, folks, persons, the public, the community, the bulk of mankind

  3. people(n.)

    commonalty, populace, CANAILLE, rabble, mob, the vulgar, vulgar herd, lower classes, humbler classes, the multitude, the million, the peasantry, the masses

  4. people(v. a.)


  5. people(v. a.)

    pepper-wort (lepidium sativum)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. people(n)

    folks, inhabitants, population, citizens, populace, commonalty, rabble, canaille, relatives, relations, kindred, laity

  2. people(n)

    Associated words:
    demotic, democratic, democracy, popular, lay, depopulate, depopulation

  3. people(v)

    populate, colonize

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How to use people in a sentence?

  1. Larry Diamond:

    We had a hypothesis that the American people are not as polarized as the American political class, not as polarized as our elected representatives and politicians.

  2. Francisco Rivas Lara:

    Private companies don't have a country or a heart, and money has no homeland, the problem is people confused socialism with laziness, villainy and theft.

  3. Michael Slingsby:

    People borrow money from lenders and in order to repay their debts children are being sent out to work.

  4. Sanjay Mistry:

    People are still going to want to physically buy something in a store, but virtual reality is the experience where they can envisage (the item), and use it more as a planning tool than a purchasing tool.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    Senate Democrats stand for smart, strong border security that honors National Guard troops oath to support and defend the Constitution, and protect the American people.

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