[plebz] /plɛbz/

noun, (used with a plural verb)
(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.
[pleb] /plɛb/
a member of the plebs; a or commoner.
(def 1).
(functioning as pl) the common people; the masses
(functioning as singular or pl) common people of ancient Rome Compare patrician
short for plebeian
(Brit, informal, often derogatory) a common vulgar person

1856 as a colloquial shortening of plebeian in the ancient Roman sense. West Point sense attested by 1851 (see plebe).


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