plebs

noun
\ ˈplebz How to pronounce plebs (audio) , ˈpleps How to pronounce plebs (audio) \
plural plebes\ ˈplē-​(ˌ)bēz How to pronounce plebs (audio) , ˈplā-​ˌbās How to pronounce plebs (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 The plebs’s relative impoverishment in the wake of this would help give rise to an array of demagogues—and eventually the collapse of the Roman republic. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 11 Feb. 2021 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, 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of plebs

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plebs

Latin

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“Plebs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plebs. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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