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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- 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.”
- Word origin of “people” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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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 March 25, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/people/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
people. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/people/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “people.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 25, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/people/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“people.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 25 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/people/>.