The definition of a plebe is a new freshman or cadet, especially at a military training academy.
An example of a plebe is a man who has just started attending West Point as a freshman.
- the plebs in ancient Rome
- Obs. the common people of any nation
Origin of plebeshort for plebeian a member of the freshman class at the U.S. Military Academy or Naval Academy
- Slang plebeian (noun)
Origin of plebeFrench plèbe from Classical Latin plebs
A first-year student at the US Military Academy or the US Naval Academy.
Origin of plebeProbably short for plebeian
Clipping of plebeian (“member of the lower class in ancient Rome").