plebe

noun
\ ˈplēb How to pronounce plebe (audio) \

Definition of plebe

1 : 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
2a : 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
b : 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

Examples of plebe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Navy is unbeaten in three games at West Point and won the previous encounter 13-0 in 1943, when the great Glenn Davis was a plebe at West Point. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Dec. 2020 Navy is unbeaten in three games at West Point and won the previous encounter 13-0 in 1943, when the great Glenn Davis was a plebe at West Point. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Dec. 2020 Navy is unbeaten in three games at West Point and won the previous encounter 13-0 in 1943, when the great Glenn Davis was a plebe at West Point. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Dec. 2020 Navy is unbeaten in three games at West Point and won the previous encounter 13-0 in 1943, when the great Glenn Davis was a plebe at West Point. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Dec. 2020 Navy is unbeaten in three games at West Point and won the previous encounter 13-0 in 1943, when the great Glenn Davis was a plebe at West Point. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Dec. 2020 Navy is unbeaten in three games at West Point and won the previous encounter 13-0 in 1943, when the great Glenn Davis was a plebe at West Point. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Dec. 2020 Navy is unbeaten in three games at West Point and won the previous encounter 13-0 in 1943, when the great Glenn Davis was a plebe at West Point. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Dec. 2020 Navy is unbeaten in three games at West Point and won the previous encounter 13-0 in 1943, when the great Glenn Davis was a plebe at West Point. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of plebe

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plebe

obsolete plebe common people, from French plèbe, from Latin plebs

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“Plebe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plebe. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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plebe

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English Language Learners Definition of plebe

US, informal : a student in the first year at a military or naval school

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