Origin of plebeian
Examples from the Web for plebeian
Well; there is nothing like being a plebeian and a Prime Minister!Vivian Grey|Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Therefore, there is no harm in giving his plebeian name, which was Potts.The Virgin of the Sun|H. R. Haggard
It was the old axiom of knight-errantry adapted to our own century, which made every weapon fair used against the plebeian!Roland Cashel|Charles James Lever
All this he knew and reckoned with, for she was a princess and he but a plebeian passing by.The Man From Brodney's|George Barr McCutcheon
He is loth to acknowledge that he was ever a plebeian and did all kinds of servile work.Every-Day Errors of Speech|L. P. Meredith
Word Origin for plebeian
also plebian, "of or characteristic of the lower class," 1560s in a Roman historical sense, from Latin plebeius "belonging to the plebs," earlier plebes, "the populace, the common people" (as opposed to patricians, etc.), also "commonality; the mass, the multitude; the lower class," from PIE *ple- (see pleio-). In general (non-historical) use from 1580s.
"member of the lowest class," 1530s, from Latin plebius "person not of noble rank," from adjective meaning "of the common people" (see plebeian (adj.)).