- 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
- Obsolete 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
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”).