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plebs (plɛbz Pronunciation for plebs



  1. (functioning as plural) the common people; the masses
  2. (functioning as singular or plural) common people of ancient Rome Compare patrician

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: the common people of ancient Rome

pleb (plɛb Pronunciation for pleb



  1. short for plebeian
  2. (British, informal, often derogatory) a common vulgar person

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Example Sentences Including 'plebs'

Again Sacha grimaces, in an I'm twenty-two and rich and I don't have to be here with all these plebs way:
And us plebs are left opening our doors to guys in boilersuits grunting: "Transco.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
Apart from supplying Rome with its pepper, this was the route by which the Egyptian grain arrived and kept the plebs quiescent.
Jack Turner SPICE: The History of a Temptation (2004)
But he wouldn't trust it to the plebs - insisted on taking it upstairs.
Parkes, Roger Riot
Give the plebs a couple of quid, says Mount, and they take to sex, drugs and the new BBC.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Or else I'll borrow one from the plebs and there will be a scandal.
Fay Weldon NOTHING TO WEAR AND NOWHERE TO HIDE: A Collection of Short Stories
The artistic chattering classes are desperate for the rebranding to succeed - if only the plebs will let it.
The plebs had to settle for expensive mutual funds that put them at the mercy of their fellow fund unitholders.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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