Definition of demos in US English:



  • 1The common people of an ancient Greek state.

    • ‘In Sicily the tyrant is the ally of the rich and the foe of the demos’
    • ‘Then the reforms of Kleisthenes formed the basis of the democracy, meaning the rule of the demoi, or village councils of the Athens peninsula.’
    1. 1.1 The populace as a political unit, especially in a democracy.
      • ‘This is a serious threat to democracy as it does not reflect power flowing from 'demos' (populace).’
      • ‘Democracy is one of the six classical forms of government described by Aristotle, denoting government by the demos, or populace at large, as opposed to government by a few, or by a single ruler.’


From Greek dēmos.