People



noun, plural peoples for 4.
1.
persons indefinitely or collectively; persons in general:
to find it easy to talk to people; What will people think?
2.
persons, whether men, women, or children, considered as numerable individuals forming a group:
Twenty people volunteered to help.
3.
human beings, as distinguished from animals or other beings.
4.
the entire body of persons who constitute a community, tribe, nation, or other group by virtue of a common culture, history, religion, or the like:
the people of Australia; the Jewish people.
5.
the persons of any particular group, company, or number (sometimes used in combination):
the people of a parish; educated people; salespeople.
6.
the ordinary persons, as distinguished from those who have wealth, rank, influence, etc.:
a man of the people.
7.
the subjects, followers, or subordinates of a ruler, leader, employer, etc.:
the king and his people.
8.
the body of enfranchised citizens of a state:
representatives chosen by the people.
9.
a person’s family or relatives:
My grandmother’s people came from Iowa.
10.
(used in the possessive in Communist or left-wing countries to indicate that an institution operates under the control of or for the benefit of the people, especially under Communist leadership):
people’s republic; people’s army.
11.
animals of a specified kind:
the monkey people of the forest.
verb (used with object), peopled, peopling.
12.
to furnish with people; populate.
13.
to supply or stock as if with people:
a meadow peopled with flowers.
noun
1.
a human being, whether an adult or child:
The table seats four persons.
2.
a human being as distinguished from an animal or a thing.
3.
an individual human being who likes or prefers something specified (used in combination):
I’ve never been a cat person.
4.
Sociology. an individual human being, especially with reference to his or her social relationships and behavioral patterns as conditioned by the culture.
5.
Philosophy. a self-conscious or rational being.
6.
the actual self or individual personality of a human being:
You ought not to generalize, but to consider the person you are dealing with.
7.
the body of a living human being, sometimes including the clothes being worn:
He had no money on his person.
8.
the body in its external aspect:
an attractive person to look at.
9.
a character, part, or role, as in a play or story.
10.
an individual of distinction or importance.
11.
a person not entitled to social recognition or respect.
12.
Law. a human being (natural person) or a group of human beings, a corporation, a partnership, an estate, or other legal entity (artificial person or juristic person) recognized by law as having rights and duties.
13.
Grammar. a category found in many languages that is used to distinguish between the speaker of an utterance and those to or about whom he or she is speaking. In English there are three persons in the pronouns, the first represented by I and we, the second by you, and the third by he, she, it, and they. Most verbs have distinct third person singular forms in the present tense, as writes; the verb be has, in addition, a first person singular form am.
14.
Theology. any of the three hypostases or modes of being in the Trinity, namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Idioms
15.
be one’s own person, to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence:
Now that she’s working, she feels that she’s her own person.
16.
in person, in one’s own bodily presence; personally:
Applicants are requested to apply in person.
noun (usually functioning as pl)
1.
persons collectively or in general
2.
a group of persons considered together: blind people
3.
(pl) peoples. the persons living in a country and sharing the same nationality: the French people
4.
one’s family: he took her home to meet his people
5.
persons loyal to someone powerful: the king’s people accompanied him in exile
6.
the people

the mass of persons without special distinction, privileges, etc
the body of persons in a country, esp those entitled to vote

verb
7.
(transitive) to provide with or as if with people or inhabitants
noun (pl) persons
1.
an individual human being
2.
the body of a human being, sometimes including his or her clothing: guns hidden on his person
3.
a grammatical category into which pronouns and forms of verbs are subdivided depending on whether they refer to the speaker, the person addressed, or some other individual, thing, etc
4.
a human being or a corporation recognized in law as having certain rights and obligations
5.
(philosophy) a being characterized by consciousness, rationality, and a moral sense, and traditionally thought of as consisting of both a body and a mind or soul
6.
(archaic) a character or role; guise
7.
in person

actually present: the author will be there in person
without the help or intervention of others

noun
1.
(Christianity) any of the three hypostases existing as distinct in the one God and constituting the Trinity. They are the First Person, the Father, the Second Person, the Son, and the Third Person, the Holy Ghost

person per·son (pûr’sən)
n.

A living human.

The composite of characteristics that make up an individual personality; the self.

The living body of a human.

Physique and general appearance.

person definition

An inflectional form (see inflection) of pronouns and verbs that distinguishes between the person who speaks (first person), the person who is spoken to (second person), and the person who is spoken about (third person). The pronoun or verb may be singular or plural. For example:

first person singular: I walk.
second person singular: you walk.
third person singular: he/she/it walks.
first person plural: we walk.
second person plural: you walk.
third person plural: they walk.

people

noun

A person: She’s great people (1926+)

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In addition to the idiom beginning with people

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