from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The common people; the masses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The common people; the masses. (Used with or without the definite article.)
- n. The elite (hoi oligoi).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the common people generally
Greek, the many : hoi, nominative pl. of ho, the; see so- in Indo-European roots + polloi, nominative pl. of polus, many; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek οἱ (hoi, "the (plural)"), and πολλοί (polloi, "many"). (Wiktionary)