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1plebeian

noun ple·be·ian \pli-ˈbē-ən\

: a member of the common people of ancient Rome

: a common person

Full Definition of PLEBEIAN

1
:  a member of the Roman plebs
2
:  one of the common people
ple·be·ian·ism \-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Origin of PLEBEIAN

Latin plebeius of the common people, from plebs common people
First Known Use: 1533

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

2plebeian

adjective

Definition of PLEBEIAN

1
:  of or relating to plebeians
2
:  crude or coarse in manner or style :  common
ple·be·ian·ly adverb

Examples of PLEBEIAN

  1. <wondered what the people at the country club would think of his plebeian origins>

First Known Use of PLEBEIAN

1566

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

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