\ ˈplebz How to pronounce plebs (audio) , ˈpleps How to pronounce plebs (audio) \
plural plebes\ ˈplē-​(ˌ)bēz How to pronounce plebes (audio) , ˈplā-​ˌbās How to pronounce plebes (audio) \

Definition of plebs

1 : the general populace
2 : the common people of ancient Rome

Examples of plebs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Political and economic elites fear nothing more than the plebs of the world uniting to challenge their rule, which is what sublime solidarity aims to do. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "One for All," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of plebs

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Plebs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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