Is people a collective or common noun?

The word 'people' is a common noun, the plural form of the singular 'person'.

A common noun is a general word for any person (or people), place, or thing.

A collective noun is a word for a group of people or things; for example:

  • a crowd of people
  • a class of people
  • a line of people

A proper noun is the name of a person, place, thing, or a title; for example:

  • David W. Person MD, San Antonio, TX or Gary K. People MD, Athens, GA
  • People Street, Fayetteville, NC
  • People's Bank, Lebanon, KY
  • 'Other People's Money' (1991) starring Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck