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plebe

[pleeb] /plib/
noun
1.
Also, pleb. (at the U.S. Military and Naval academies) a member of the freshman class.
2.
Obsolete. plebeian (def 4).
Origin of plebe
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; short for plebeian
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  • Not since his probation as a plebe, had he consorted with such a bunch of "hush-mouths."

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • Before this change the life of the plebe on the summer cruise was not a bed of roses.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • There won't even a plebe speak to him, 'cept me an' you an' Injun.

    A Cadet's Honor

    Upton Sinclair
  • And besides, Bull had sworn to haze that plebe, and he meant to do it.

    A Cadet's Honor

    Upton Sinclair
  • The plebe ducked; he was quick and agile in body as he was in mind.

    A Cadet's Honor

    Upton Sinclair
  • He found the plebe, and got right to work to say what he had to say.

    A Cadet's Honor

    Upton Sinclair
  • The plebe turned, exhausted though he was, and headed for it.

    A Cadet's Honor

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  • Many a plebe's nightmares are punctuated with just such periods as these.

    A Cadet's Honor

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  • The figure in blue, however, was the only one the plebe saw.

    On Guard

    Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for plebe

plebe

/pliːb/
noun
1.
(informal) a member of the lowest class at the US Naval Academy or Military Academy; freshman
Word Origin
C19: shortened from plebeian
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Word Origin and History for plebe
n.

also pleb, "member of the lowest class at a U.S. military academy," 1833, probably a shortened form of plebeian "one of the lower class," which in Latin also had the short form plebs or plebes.

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Slang definitions & phrases for plebe

plebe

noun

A first-year student at Annapolis or West Point

[1833+ Service academy; fr plebeian, ''lower-class person,'' fr Latin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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