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[pop-yuh-luh s] /ˈpɒp yə ləs/

the common people of a community, nation, etc., as distinguished from the higher classes.
all the inhabitants of a place; population.
noun (sometimes functioning as pl)
the inhabitants of an area
the common people; masses

1570s, from Middle French populace (16c.), from Italian popolaccio “riffraff, rabble,” from popolo “people” (from Latin populus “people;” see people (n.)) + pejorative suffix -accio.


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