Etymology: Middle English peple, from Anglo-French pople, peple, peuple, from Latin populus
Date: 13th century
1. plural human beings making up a group or assembly or linked by a common interest
2. plural human beings, persons — often used in compounds instead of persons <salespeople> — often used attributively <people skills> 3. plural the members of a family or kinship 4. plural the mass of a community as distinguished from a special class <disputes between the people and the nobles> — often used by Communists to distinguish Communists from other people 5. plural peoples a body of persons that are united by a common culture, tradition, or sense of kinship, that typically have common language, institutions, and beliefs, and that often constitute a politically organized group 6. lower animals usually of a specified kind or situation 7. the body of enfranchised citizens of a state • peopleless adjective II. transitive verb (peopled; peopling) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French popler, poeplier, from pople Date: 15th century 1. to supply or fill with people 2. to dwell in ; inhabit
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.