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plebe

[pleeb] /plib/
noun
1.
Also, pleb. (at the U.S. Military and Naval academies) a member of the freshman class.
2.
Obsolete, plebeian (def 4).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; short for plebeian
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  • She was selected after her plebe year to serve on the cadre as a cadet corporal, training the next year's incoming freshmen.
British Dictionary definitions for plebe

plebe

/pliːb/
noun
1.
(informal) a member of the lowest class at the US Naval Academy or Military Academy; freshman
Word Origin
C19: shortened from plebeian
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Word Origin and History for plebe
n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for plebe

plebe

noun

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.
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