from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The common people; the masses.
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- n. The common people; the masses. (Used with or without the definite article.)
- n. The elite (hoi oligoi).
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- 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)
We streamed with hoi polloi out onto the cool and rational street and washed up, blinking, beneath a lamppost, ignoring as best we could the buskers and vendors who had anticipated the crowd.