Humans considered as a group or in indefinite numbers: People were dancing in the street. I met all sorts of people. A body of persons living in the same country under one national government; a nationality. A body of persons sharing a common religion, culture, language, or inherited condition of life. Persons with regard to their residence, class, profession, or group: city people. The mass of ordinary persons; the populace. Used with the: "those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes\u201d ( Thomas Jefferson). The citizens of a political unit, such as a nation or state; the electorate. Used with the. Persons subordinate to or loyal to a ruler, superior, or employer: The queen showed great compassion for her people. Family, relatives, or ancestors. Informal Animals or other beings distinct from humans: Rabbits and squirrels are the furry little people of the woods. To furnish with or as if with people; populate.