Also pleb. (at the U.S. Military and Naval academies) a member of the freshman class.
Obsolete. plebeian(def 4).

Nearby words

  1. pleated,
  2. pleater,
  3. pleather,
  4. pleb,
  5. plebby,
  6. plebeian,
  7. plebeianly,
  8. plebeians,
  9. plebiscite,
  10. plebs

Origin of plebe

First recorded in 1605–15; short for plebeian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plebe



informal a member of the lowest class at the US Naval Academy or Military Academy; freshman

Word Origin for plebe

C19: shortened from plebeian

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Word Origin and History for plebe



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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