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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The general public; the masses.
  • n. A population.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The common people of a nation.
  • n. The inhabitants of a nation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The common people; the vulgar; the multitude, -- comprehending all persons not distinguished by rank, office, education, or profession.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common people; the vulgar; the multitude, comprehending all persons not distinguished by rank, education, office, or profession.
  • n. Synonyms Populace, Mob, Rabble, crowd, masses. Populace is nsed to represent the lower classes, the body of those without wealth, education, or recognized position; it is, however, much less opprobrious than mob or rabble. Mob is a very strong word for a tumultuous or even riotous assembly, moved to or toward lawlessness by discontent or some similar exciting cause. Rabble is a contemptuous word for the very lowest classes, considered as confused or without sufficient strength or unity of feeling to make them especially dangerous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. people in general considered as a whole

Etymologies

French, from Italian popolaccio, rabble, from popolo, the people, from Latin populus; see popular.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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