Definition of plebe
: a freshman at a military or naval academy
Recent Examples of plebe from the Web
Late in the morning, the group of plebes waded into the Severn River.
Non-carriers will have to get in line with the rest of the plebes.
There was a reason so many American newspapers were called Tribunes, after the Romans who represented the plebes.
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Origin and Etymology of plebe
obsolete plebe common people, from French plèbe, from Latin plebs
First Known Use: 1833See Words from the same year
PLEBE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plebe for English Language Learners
: a student in the first year at a military or naval school
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