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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

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈpip(ə)l/
    • British English
      • /ˈpiːpl/
  • Syllabification: (peo·ple)

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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References

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 October 15, 2019 (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 October 15, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/people/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“people.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 15 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/people/>.