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plebeian

[ pli-bee-uhn, plee-bee-uhn ]
/ plɪˈbi ən, ˈpliˌbi ən /
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adjective
belonging or pertaining to the common people.
of, relating to, or belonging to the ancient Roman plebs.
common, commonplace, or vulgar: a plebeian joke.
noun
a member of the common people.
a member of the ancient Roman plebs.
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Origin of plebeian

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin plēbēi(us) “of the plebs” (plēbē(s) “the common people” + -ius adjective suffix) + -an adjective suffix; see plebs

OTHER WORDS FROM plebeian

ple·be·ian·ism, nounple·be·ian·ly, adverbple·be·ian·ness, nounun·ple·be·ian, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for plebeian

plebeian
/ (pləˈbiːən) /

adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of the common people, esp those of Rome
lacking refinement; vulgarplebeian tastes
noun
one of the common people, esp one of the Roman plebs
a person who is coarse or lacking in discernment

Derived forms of plebeian

plebeianism, noun

Word Origin for plebeian

C16: from Latin plēbēius belonging to the people, from plēbs the common people of ancient Rome
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