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  1. a member of the plebs; a plebeian or commoner.
  2. plebe(def 1).
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Origin of pleb

1850–55, Americanism; short for plebeian
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Historical Examples

  • Little did the pleb dream that he was up against a man of brains.

    Lord Stranleigh Abroad

    Robert Barr

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for pleb


  1. short for plebeian
  2. British informal, often derogatory a common vulgar person
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See also plebs
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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).

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