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plebeian

[pli-bee-uh n] /plɪˈbi ən/
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
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin plēbēi(us) of the plebs (plēbē(s) plebs + -ius adj. suffix) + -an
Related forms
plebeianism, noun
plebeianly, adverb
plebeianness, noun
unplebeian, adjective
Synonyms
3. lowbrow, low, ordinary, popular.
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British Dictionary definitions for unplebeian

plebeian

/pləˈbiːən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the common people, esp those of Rome
2.
lacking refinement; vulgar: plebeian tastes
noun
3.
one of the common people, esp one of the Roman plebs
4.
a person who is coarse or lacking in discernment
Derived Forms
plebeianism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin plēbēius belonging to the people, from plēbs the common people of ancient Rome
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Word Origin and History for unplebeian

plebeian

adj.

also plebian, "of or characteristic of the lower class," 1560s in a Roman historical sense, from Latin plebeius "belonging to the plebs," earlier plebes, "the populace, the common people" (as opposed to patricians, etc.), also "commonality; the mass, the multitude; the lower class," from PIE *ple- (see pleio-). In general (non-historical) use from 1580s.

n.

"member of the lowest class," 1530s, from Latin plebius "person not of noble rank," from adjective meaning "of the common people" (see plebeian (adj.)).

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