Origin of pleb
1850–55, Americanism; short for plebeian
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Examples from the Web for pleb
Little did the pleb dream that he was up against a man of brains.Lord Stranleigh Abroad
And I, unhappy, love with pure desire Sicinius, a soldier and a pleb!
Methinks He fears this pleb as he once feared Sicinius.Appius (haughtily).
I know the maid; a blameless child of one Virginius, a soldier and a pleb.
Max recalled the day of his début at West Point, a humble, modest "Pleb."A Soldier of the Legion
C. N. Williamson
- short for plebeian
- British informal, often derogatory a common vulgar person
See also plebs
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Word Origin and History for pleb
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