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plebeian

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noun ple·be·ian \pli-ˈbē-ən\

Definition of plebeian

  1. 1 :  a member of the Roman plebs

  2. 2 :  one of the common people

plebeianism

play \-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Origin and Etymology of plebeian

Latin plebeius of the common people, from plebs common people


First Known Use: 1533


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plebeian

adjective ple·be·ian

Definition of plebeian

  1. 1 :  of or relating to plebeians

  2. 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>

1566

First Known Use of plebeian

1566


PLEBEIAN Defined for English Language Learners

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plebeian

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noun ple·be·ian \pli-ˈbē-ən\

Definition of plebeian for English Language Learners

  • : a member of the common people of ancient Rome

  • : a common person



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