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It tells us of the various classes who peopled the village and farmed its fields.

I found him in a lonely glen, peopled only in story, and then by fairies.

The strain was too great even for such wild spirits as peopled the camp.

Thus on that starless night the Shallows were peopled by uneasy souls.

The Campagna, once so fruitful and so peopled, has become a desert.

Those who peopled it were not sordid, they were not even blue.

"He that came down from heaven," had seen, in heaven, how largely that world is peopled with them.

Her absorption had peopled the world for her with four people at most.

Your hand has girt it round about with cliffs and peopled it with a peaceful race.

The whole of that coast is English, we might say, peopled with colonists.


late 13c., "humans, persons in general," from Anglo-French people, Old French peupel "people, population, crowd; mankind, humanity," from Latin populus "a people, nation; body of citizens; a multitude, crowd, throng," of unknown origin, possibly from Etruscan. The Latin word also is the source of Spanish pueblo, Italian popolo. In English, it displaced native folk.

Meaning "body of persons comprising a community" first recorded late 13c. in Anglo-French; meaning "common people, masses" (as distinguished from the nobility) first recorded c.1300 in Anglo-French. Meaning "one's own tribe, group, etc." is from late 14c. The word was adopted after c.1920 by Communist totalitarian states to give a spurious sense of populism to their governments. Legal phrase The People vs., in U.S. cases of prosecution under certain laws, dates from 1801. People of the Book "those whose religion entails adherence to a book of divine revelation (1834) translates Arabic Ahl al-Kitab.



adjectivecharacterized by private, as opposed to commercial, dwellings
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.