American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The inhabitants or citizens of a town or city.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The inhabitants, collectively, of a town or city; townsfolk, especially in distinction from country folk or the rural population.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The inhabitants of a town or city, especially in distinction from country people; townsfolk.
- n. the people living in a municipality smaller than a city
“Heidi's cryptic hints sometimes make me think of the unhelpful innkeepers and townspeople from the early '90s MS-DOS version of In the World Is Carmen Sandiego? who were always crappy at remembering details that didn't relate to flags.”
“A vivid portrayal of the tensions between the cultures of the hop-pickers, the gypsies and the townspeople is richly displayed through the use of dialect, history and landscapes.”
“Although several of the residents of Heronsdene are developed individually as characters, the townspeople are also dominated by an ominous group psychology.”
“The townspeople were a particularly uninteresting type — unmarried females were predominant for the most part — with school-festival horizons and souls bleak as the forbidding white architecture of the three churches.”
“The army officers, aware that alienation of the townspeople was a good way to find themselves fighting alone if an invasion attempt was made, turned a blind eye to anything that did not clearly threaten Hawk Haven's border.”
“He called the townspeople secret Roman sympathizers and had his soldiers kill a number of them.”
“Intimately associated with the life and habits of the townspeople were the coaches travelling between London, Royston and”
“The townspeople were a particularly uninteresting type -- unmarried females were predominant for the most part -- with school-festival horizons and souls bleak as the forbidding white architecture of the three churches.”
“Moreover this dread of the suppression of the visible protection of the policeman is essentially a sentiment of townspeople, that is, of people who are living in abnormal and artificial conditions.”
“The townspeople are a gallery of surly grotesques living in fear of the town bully, Jørgen”
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