plebeian

[pli-bee-uhn]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the common people.
2.
of, pertaining to, or belonging to the ancient Roman plebs.
3.
common, commonplace, or vulgar: a plebeian joke.
noun
4.
a member of the common people.
5.
a member of the ancient Roman plebs.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin plēbēi(us) of the plebs (plēbē(s) plebs + -ius adj. suffix) + -an

plebeianism, noun
plebeianly, adverb
plebeianness, noun
unplebeian, adjective


3. lowbrow, low, ordinary, popular.
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plebeian (pləˈbiːən)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or characteristic of the common people, esp those of Rome
2.  lacking refinement; vulgar: plebeian tastes
 
n
3.  one of the common people, esp one of the Roman plebs
4.  a person who is coarse or lacking in discernment
 
[C16: from Latin plēbēius belonging to the people, from plēbs the common people of ancient Rome]
 
ple'beianism
 
n

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Example sentences
For thousands of years, the vehicle of choice for everyone from peasant and plebeian to patrician and prince was horse-drawn.
In this wide-open career the plebeian suffered for his mediocrity, and the sceptic for his doubt.
There are persons who consider buckwheat cakes a plebeian dainty.
Today's version is closer to accents that once would have been termed plebeian.
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