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plebeian

noun ple·be·ian \ pli-ˈbē-ən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of plebeian

1 : a member of the Roman plebs
2 : one of the common people

plebeianism

play \pli-ˈbē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of plebeian

Latin plebeius of the common people, from plebs common people


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plebeian

adjective

Definition of plebeian

1 : of or relating to plebeians
2 : crude or coarse in manner or style : common

plebeianly

adverb

Examples of plebeian in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of plebeian

1566


PLEBEIAN Defined for English Language Learners

plebeian

noun

Definition of plebeian for English Language Learners

  • : a member of the common people of ancient Rome

  • : a common person



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