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[pleb] /plɛb/
a member of the plebs; a plebeian or commoner.
plebe (def 1).
Origin of pleb
1850-55, Americanism; short for plebeian Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pleb
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  • Little did the pleb dream that he was up against a man of brains.

  • And I, unhappy, love with pure desire Sicinius, a soldier and a pleb!

    Virginia, A Tragedy Marion Forster Gilmore
  • Methinks He fears this pleb as he once feared Sicinius.Appius (haughtily).

    Virginia, A Tragedy Marion Forster Gilmore
  • I know the maid; a blameless child of one Virginius, a soldier and a pleb.

    Virginia, A Tragedy Marion Forster Gilmore
  • Max recalled the day of his début at West Point, a humble, modest "pleb."

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • The student is usually inerect, and really needs "setting up" quite as much as the newly-arrived "pleb" at West Point.

British Dictionary definitions for pleb


short for plebeian
(Brit, informal, often derogatory) a common vulgar person
See also plebs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pleb

1856 as a colloquial shortening of plebeian in the ancient Roman sense. West Point sense attested by 1851 (see plebe).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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