plebe

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See also: plèbe

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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 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, 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.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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  • IPA(key): /ˈplɛ.be/, [ˈpl̺ɛːbe]
  • 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]

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plebe f (plural plebes)

  1. plebs (the common people)

Spanish[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plēbs, plēbis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈplebe/, [ˈpleβe]

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plebe f (plural plebes)

  1. plebeians, common people
  2. (historical) plebs

plebe m, f (plural plebes)

  1. (colloquial, Sinaloa, Sonora, Mexico) kid, child

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