- (in ancient Rome) the common people, as contrasted with the patricians and later with the senatorial nobility or the equestrian order.
- the common people; the populace.
Origin of plebs
Origin of pleb
Related Words for plebscommonality, crowd, plebeian, civilian, populace, commoner, ruck, peasant, mass, common, citizen, mob, public, bourgeois, bourgeoisie
Examples from the Web for plebs
Contemporary Examples of plebs
Meanwhile the daily tabloid Sun claimed that his chief whip, Andrew Mitchell, had called police officers guarding No. 10 “plebs.”Sex Scandal Engulfs 10 Downing Street as Feral Press Bites Back
June 2, 2013
Historical Examples of plebs
And the enthusiasm was not confined to the blood of the plebs.Cabbages and Kings
But the plebs of later days is not to be explained on one hypothesis only.The Religious Experience of the Roman People
W. Warde Fowler
Not the theatre of Plebs, the proletariat, but the theatre of A People.Touch and Go
D. H. Lawrence
And we still have an excellent array of the plebs of the stage.
This is called the First Secession of the Plebs, and is said to have been in 494.History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD
Robert F. Pennell
- (functioning as plural) the common people; the masses
- (functioning as singular or plural) common people of ancient RomeCompare patrician
Word Origin for plebs
- short for plebeian
- British informal, often derogatory a common vulgar person