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plebs (plɛbz Pronunciation for plebs

Definitions

noun

  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

Definitions

noun

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

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:
Sean Thomas THE CHEEK PERFORATION DANCE (2002)
But he wouldn't trust it to the plebs - insisted on taking it upstairs.
Parkes, Roger Riot
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

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