Plebeian meaning

plĭ-bēən
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Of, belonging to, or characteristic of commoners.
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Of or relating to the common people of ancient Rome.

A plebeian magistrate.

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Unrefined or coarse in nature or manner; common or vulgar.

Plebeian tastes.

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Plebeian is defined as relating to the common people or lacking in manners.

An example of a plebeian act is licking food off of a plate.

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Of or characteristic of the lower class in ancient Rome or of the common people in any country.
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A member of the lower classes.
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A vulgar or coarse person.
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A member of the ancient Roman lower class.
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One of the common people.
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A vulgar, coarse person.
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One of the common people of ancient Rome.
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Of or pertaining to the Roman plebs, or common people.
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Of or pertaining to the common people; vulgar; common; as plebeian sports;

They were all from the ghetto, a plebeian throng.

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One of the plebs, or common people of ancient Rome, in distinction from patrician.
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(archaic) One of the common people, or lower rank of men.
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The definition of a plebeian is a person in the lower class.

An example of a plebeian is a member of the ancient Roman lower class.

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Origin of plebeian

  • From Latin plēbius from plēbs plēb- the common people pelə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin plebeius, from plebs, plebis (“the common people").

    From Wiktionary