Origin of plebe
Related Wordsbeginner, learner, neophyte, newcomer, pupil, trainee, rookie, soldier, sailor, volunteer, draftee, youth, student, freshman, senior, junior, sophomore, gremlin, convert, tenderfoot
Examples from the Web for plebe
He did well during his plebe year but not spectacularly, earning a class rank of 161st out of more than 800 classmates.The Making of General Petraeus
David Cloud, Greg Jaffe
June 24, 2010
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
There won't even a plebe speak to him, 'cept me an' you an' Injun.
And besides, Bull had sworn to haze that plebe, and he meant to do it.
The plebe ducked; he was quick and agile in body as he was in mind.
- informal a member of the lowest class at the US Naval Academy or Military Academy; freshman
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.