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[pleeb] /plib/
Also, pleb. (at the U.S. Military and Naval academies) a member of the freshman class.
Obsolete, plebeian (def 4).
Origin of plebe
1605-15; short for plebeian Unabridged
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  • He was the plebe who had saved the life of the general's friend, Judge Fuller's daughter.

    On Guard Upton Sinclair
  • Not since his probation as a plebe, had he consorted with such a bunch of "hush-mouths."

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • On the other hand, he had studied the Roman plebe, the people, with all his might.

  • And besides, Bull had sworn to haze that plebe, and he meant to do it.

    A Cadet's Honor Upton Sinclair
  • The weakening of Bull Harris' followers has been mentioned; it increased as the plebe's self-sacrificing daring was shown.

    A Cadet's Honor Upton Sinclair
  • The plebe turned, exhausted though he was, and headed for it.

    A Cadet's Honor Upton Sinclair
  • There was a chilly air about it all that made the plebe feel rather uncomfortable.

    On Guard Upton Sinclair
  • But that's the first time I ever heard of a plebe playing tricks on yearlings.

    On Guard Upton Sinclair
  • But to have been perpetrated by a plebe was an indignity to time-honored midshipman custom.

    An Annapolis First Classman Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
British Dictionary definitions for plebe


(informal) a member of the lowest class at the US Naval Academy or Military Academy; freshman
Word Origin
C19: shortened from plebeian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plebe

also pleb, "member of the lowest class at a U.S. military academy," 1833, probably a shortened form of plebeian "one of the lower class," which in Latin also had the short form plebs or plebes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for plebe



A first-year student at Annapolis or West Point

[1833+ Service academy; fr plebeian, ''lower-class person,'' fr Latin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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