Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The common people; the vulgar; the multitude, comprehending all persons not distinguished by rank, education, office, or profession.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun people in general considered as a whole

Etymologies

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

[French, from Italian popolaccio, rabble, from popolo, the people, from Latin populus; see popular.]

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