[ plebz ]
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noun(used with a plural verb)
  1. (in ancient Rome) the common people, as contrasted with the patricians and later with the senatorial nobility or the equestrian order.

  2. the common people; the populace.

Origin of plebs

First recorded in 1640–50, plebs is from the Latin word plēbs, plēbēs

Words Nearby plebs Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plebs in a sentence

  • He falls upon the plebs of the open fields, and his bands put everything to fire and to the sword.

  • For this the Romans thirsted—patricians and plebs alike, rich and poor, man, woman and child.

    "Unto Caesar" | Baroness Emmuska Orczy

British Dictionary definitions for plebs


/ (plɛbz) /

  1. (functioning as plural) the common people; the masses

  2. (functioning as singular or plural) common people of ancient Rome: Compare patrician

Origin of plebs

C17: from Latin: the common people of ancient Rome

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