plebe

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From Latin plēbs (the plebeian class), probably via Middle French plebe (plebeians, commoners, the rabble) and possibly later understood as a clipping of plebeian. Cognate with Italian plebe, Spanish plebe, Portuguese plebe.

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plebe (plural plebes)

  1. (historical, usually in the plural) A plebeian, a member of the lower class of Roman citizens.
    • 1583, Thomas Smith, De Republica Anglorum, Vol. I, Ch. xvi:
      The patricij many yeares excluding the plebes from bearing rule, vntill at last all magistrates were made common betweene them.
  2. (historical, obsolete) The plebs, the plebeian class.
    • 1612, Thomas Heywood, An Apology for Actors, Ch. ii:
      All other roomes were free for the plebe or multitude.
  3. (obsolete) The similar lower class of any area.
  4. (US, military, slang) A freshman cadet at a military academy.
    • 1834 October, Military & Naval Magazine, p. 85:
      My drill master, a young stripling, told me I was not so ‘gross’ as most other pleibs, the name of all new cadets.
    • 1910, H. Irving Hancock, Dick Prescott's Second Year at West Point (page 84)
      "But is a plebe forbidden to stroll here?"
      "If a plebe did have the brass to try it," replied Anstey slowly, "I reckon he would have to fight the whole yearling class in turn."

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plēbem, accusative form of plēbs. Compare the inherited doublet pieve.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈplɛ.be/
  • Rhymes: -ɛbe
  • Hyphenation: plè‧be

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plebe f (plural plebi)

  1. common people
  2. rabble, riffraff

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Latin[edit]

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plēbe

  1. ablative singular of plēbs

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plēbs, plēbis.

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plebe f (plural plebes)

  1. plebs (the common people)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French plèbe, Latin plebs, plebem.

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plebe f (uncountable)

  1. plebs, the common people, commonality, commoners, the lower orders

Spanish[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plēbs, plēbis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈplebe/, [ˈple.β̞e]

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plebe f (plural plebes)

  1. plebeians, common people
    Synonym: chusma
  2. (historical) plebs

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plebe m or f (plural plebes)

  1. (colloquial, Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico) kid, child
  2. (New Mexico) kids, children, mass noun, compare with gente usage
    ¿Dónde está la plebe?Where are the children?
    Está en casa.(They/the children) are at home.

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