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Definitions of People

  1. (noun) The collective term for human beings.
  2. (noun) A specific group of human beings.

Example of People

  • The people of the United States.

People Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: peo·ple

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /pEE-puhl/
  • British English – /pEE-puhl/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈpip(ə)l/
  • British English – /ˈpiːpl/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: peoples
  • The term “people” is plural, but can also be pluralized as peoples, for example “all the peoples of the world must come together to stop climate change”.

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Kendall, Diana. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Swidler, Ann. 1986. “Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies.” American Sociological Review 51(2):273–86. doi:10.2307/2095521.

Cite the Definition of People

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “people.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 24, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/people/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

people. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/people/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “people.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 24, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/people/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“people.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/people/>.