: a freshman at a military or naval academy
- He also struggled to march in step and stumbled through … a morning ritual in which plebes are forced to stand at full attention and recite an endless stream of information …
- —Jonathan Mahler
: one of the common people : plebeian
- Once a proud and high-minded group, the new class could look up at the rich with a certain contempt and down at the plebes with compassion …
- —Barbara Ehrenreich
: an ordinary person who lacks the knowledge of an insider
- These guys may look like plebes, but they're veteran hackers.
- —Davin Coburn
- The movie has its origins in Dave Stevens' 1982 graphic novel (comic book to us plebes), a knowing, exquisitely drawn valentine to aviation aces and 1930s Los Angeles.
- —Ty Burr