Unto him shall the gathering of the people be.Gen. xlix. 10.
The ants are a people not strong.Prov. xxx. 25.
Before many peoples, and nations, and tongues.Rev. x. 11.
Earth's monarchs are her peoples.Whitter.
A government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people.T. Parker.
☞ Peopleis a collective noun, generally construed with a plural verb, and only occasionally used in the plural form (peoples), in the sense of nations or races.
People were tempted to lend by great premiums.Swift.
People have lived twenty-four days upon nothing but water.Arbuthnot.
And strive to gain his pardon from the people.Addison.
Syn. -- People, Nation. When speaking of a state, we use people for the mass of the community, as distinguished from their rulers, and nation for the entire political body, including the rulers. In another sense of the term, nation describes those who are descended from the same stock; and in this sense the Germans regard themselves as one nation, though politically subject to different forms of government.
As the gay motes that people the sunbeams.Milton.