Origin and Etymology of plebeian
Latin plebeius of the common people, from plebs common people
First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
Examples of plebeian in a Sentence
wondered what the people at the country club would think of his plebeian origins
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I got preoccupied feeding my dog (so plebeian!) and promptly forgot, a mistake that came back to haunt me during my subsequent photo op.
Test Results: Maximum Cornering Capability Braking For all of its dynamic superiority versus more plebeian crossovers, the Jaguar’s brake pedal delivers a disappointing initial squish when pressed.
Once, the Hanks family was taking a tour of the place like any plebeian could, and Hanks's wife, Rita Wilson, ran into George W. Bush while he was headed to the gym.
The boy who said that the emperor had no clothes was not an élitist insulting the plebeian parade spectators.
Its newest products are savings accounts and consumer loans, plebeian products that Goldman would never have deigned to offer before the crisis.
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First Known Use of plebeian
PLEBEIAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plebeian for English Language Learners
: a member of the common people of ancient Rome
: a common person
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