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ple·be·ian

 (plĭ-bē′ən)
adj.
1. Of or relating to the common people of ancient Rome: a plebeian magistrate.
2. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of commoners.
3. Unrefined or coarse in nature or manner; common or vulgar: plebeian tastes.
n.
1. One of the common people of ancient Rome.
2. A member of the lower classes.
3. A vulgar or coarse person.

[From Latin plēbius, from plēbs, plēb-, the common people; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

ple·be′ian·ism n.
ple·be′ian·ly adv.

plebeian

(pləˈbiːən)
adj
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, relating to, or characteristic of the common people, esp those of Rome
2. lacking refinement; vulgar: plebeian tastes.
n
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) 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]
pleˈbeianˌism n

ple•be•ian

(plɪˈbi ən)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the common people.
2. of or pertaining to the ancient Roman plebs.
3. common, commonplace, or vulgar.
n.
4. a member of the common people.
5. a member of the ancient Roman plebs.
[1525–35; < Latin plēbēi(us) of the plebs (adj. derivative of plēbē(s) plebs) + -an1]
ple•be′ian•ism, n.
ple•be′ian•ly, adv.
ple•be′ian•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plebeian - one of the common people
common people, folk, folks - people in general (often used in the plural); "they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title
anti-intellectual, lowbrow, philistine - a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
Adj.1.plebeian - of or associated with the great masses of peopleplebeian - of or associated with the great masses of people; "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose"; "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses"
lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"

plebeian

adjective
1. common, working-class, lower-class, proletarian, ignoble, lowborn a man who rose to greatness but never forgot his plebeian past
common upper-class, aristocratic, high-class, patrician, highborn
2. uncultivated, mean, low, base, coarse, vulgar, unrefined, non-U (Brit. informal) He had a cockney accent and an alarmingly plebeian manner.
uncultivated polished, refined, cultivated, well-bred
noun
1. commoner, peasant, proletarian, common man, man in the street, pleb, prole (derogatory slang, chiefly Brit.) the history of class struggles, plebeians against patricians

plebeian

adjective
Lacking high station or birth:
Archaic: base.
noun
The common people.Used in plural:
common (used in plural), commonality, commonalty, commoner (used in plural), crowd, hoi polloi, mass (used in plural), mob, pleb (used in plural), populace, public, ruck, third estate.
Translations
plebeiji
plebejus

plebeian

[plɪˈbiːən]
A. ADJplebeyo (pej) → ordinario
B. Nplebeyo/a m/f

plebeian

adjplebejisch
nPlebejer(in) m(f)

plebeian

[plɪˈbiːən] adj & nplebeo/a
References in classic literature ?
The patricians engaged in a perpetual struggle with the plebeians for the preservation of their ancient authorities and dignities; the Consuls, who were generally chosen out of the former body, were commonly united by the personal interest they had in the defense of the privileges of their order.
In ancient Rome we have patricians, knights, plebeians, slaves; in the Middle Ages, feudal lords, vassals, guild-masters, journeymen, apprentices, serfs; in almost all of these classes, again, subordinate gradations.
They shot down the slit, plebeians all, but it followed pompously like royalty.
At that time I used to know a podgy, wealthy, bald little man having chambers in the Albany; a financier too, in his way, carrying out transactions of an intimate nature and of no moral character; mostly with young men of birth and expectations--though I dare say he didn't withhold his ministrations from elderly plebeians either.
Perhaps the love of glory only is at the bottom of this; so that the fair conclusion seems to be, that our countrymen have more of that love, and more of bravery, than any other plebeians.
That lady, therefore, entering in a stately manner what plebeians might have called the school-room, but what, in the patrician language of the head of the Nuns' House, was euphuistically, not to say round-aboutedly, denominated 'the apartment allotted to study,' and saying with a forensic air,
Thither, too, thronged the plebeian classes as freely as their betters, and in larger number.
Deep ruffs, painfully wrought bands, and gorgeously embroidered gloves, were all deemed necessary to the official state of men assuming the reins of power, and were readily allowed to individuals dignified by rank or wealth, even while sumptuary laws forbade these and similar extravagances to the plebeian order.
But when, as in the case of Nicholas the Czar, the ringed crown of geographical empire encircles an imperial brain; then, the plebeian herds crouch abased before the tremendous centralization.
I had forgotten I was a plebeian, I was remembering I was a man.
The fact that this young woman had never moistened the selvedge edge of her soul with a less plebeian tipple than champagne, had a marked and subduing effect on Harris.
Some attempts had been made, I noticed, to infuse new blood into this dwindling frame, by repairing the costly old wood-work here and there with common deal; but it was like the marriage of a reduced old noble to a plebeian pauper, and each party to the ill-assorted union shrunk away from the other.