people

1. (noun) The collective term for human beings.

2. (noun) A specific group of human beings.

Example: The people of the United States.

Audio Pronunciation: (peo·ple)

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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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Works Consulted

Abercrombie, Nicholas, Stephen Hill, and Bryan Turner. 2006. The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology. 5th ed. London: Penguin.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Bruce, Steve, and Steven Yearley. 2006. The SAGE Dictionary of Sociology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

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Jary, David, and Julia Jary. 2000. Collins Dictionary of Sociology. 3rd ed. Glasgow, Scotland: HarperCollins.

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How to Cite the Definition of People

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “people.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 14, 2018 (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 November 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/people/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“people.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/people/>.