plebe

[pleeb]
noun
1.
Also, pleb. (at the U.S. Military and Naval academies) a member of the freshman class.
2.
Obsolete, plebeian ( def 4 ).

Origin:
1605–15; short for plebeian

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plebe (pliːb)
 
n
informal a member of the lowest class at the US Naval Academy or Military Academy; freshman
 
[C19: shortened from plebeian]

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plebe
"member of the lowest class at a U.S. military academy," 1833, probably a shortened form of plebian (q.v.), which in L. had the short form plebs or plebes.
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Example sentences
She was selected after her plebe year to serve on the cadre as a cadet corporal, training the next year's incoming freshmen.
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