Definitions

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

  • n.pl. The inhabitants or citizens of a town or city.

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  • n. Plural form of townsman and townswoman. The population or inhabitants of a village, town or city

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The inhabitants of a town or city, especially in distinction from country people; townsfolk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The inhabitants, collectively, of a town or city; townsfolk, especially in distinction from country folk or the rural population.

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

  • n. the people living in a municipality smaller than a city

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Examples

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  • 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.

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  • Although several of the residents of Heronsdene are developed individually as characters, the townspeople are also dominated by an ominous group psychology.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • He called the townspeople secret Roman sympathizers and had his soldiers kill a number of them.

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  • Intimately associated with the life and habits of the townspeople were the coaches travelling between London, Royston and

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The townspeople are a gallery of surly grotesques living in fear of the town bully, Jørgen

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