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plebe

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noun

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

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pleated, pleater, pleather, pleb, plebby, plebe, plebeian, plebeianly, plebeians, plebiscite, plebs

Origin of plebe

First recorded in 1605–15; short for plebeian
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British Dictionary definitions for plebe

plebe

/ (pliːb) /

noun

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

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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