What does Meeple mean? What is a Meeple?

To seasoned gamers like us the word “Meeple” isn’t a new thing, we pretty much all know it’s a portmanteau of “My” and “People”, used to describe the little wooden people shaped figures in games.

The official view as put forth by most word origin sites goes thus:

Meeple Origin & history
Blend of my and people. Coined in November of 2000 by Alison Hansel during a game of Carcassonne when she fused “my” and “people” to describe the wooden figures each player uses in that game.
Noun
meeple (pl. meeples)

A small person-shaped figure used as a player’s token in a board game.

Interestingly the game “Carcassonne” is the game thought to have ’caused’ the word meeple. The “Carcassonne” rulebook refers to the people shaped tokens as “followers”, but Alison Hansel first spoke the word during a game and it became synonymous with that game and then spread to others.

Thank you internet.