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plebs

 (plĕbz)
n. pl. ple·bes (plē′bēz)
1. The common people of ancient Rome: the plebs and the patricians.
2. The common people; the populace.

[Latin plēbs; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

plebs

(plɛbz)
n
1. (functioning as plural) the common people; the masses
2. (Historical Terms) (functioning as singular or plural) common people of ancient Rome. Compare patrician
[C17: from Latin: the common people of ancient Rome]

plebs

(plɛbz)

n.pl.
1. the general body of citizens in ancient Rome; the common people. Compare patrician (def. 3).
2. the common people; the general populace.
[1640–50; < Latin plēbs, plēbēs]

Plebs

 plebeians; the common people; the mob, 1647.
Example: plebs of the Ancient Forum, 1835.
Translations

plebs

[plɛbz] npl (pej) → plebe fsg
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I just wonder if the message is getting through to the business community, local councils, and the Chancellor; we, the plebs, are not a bottomless pit of money and we have reached our limit.
Mr Mitchell admits swearing at the officers who refused to open the main gates so he could ride through but denies calling them plebs.
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It isn't just the cheekbones, or the lavish parties, that set her apart from the rest of us plebs - she's a different life form.
Behaviour which, to me, suggests that he does indeed think of them as plebs.
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We have to put up with plebs who think it's amusing to drink, swear or fight on the buses.
POOR little rich boy David Cameron must wake up at night screaming for nanny - everybody's declared class war on the Buller Boy in a revolt of the plebs.
What sensitive upholder of law and order wouldn't feel faint at the mention of plebs and moron?
There is a current push to strengthen PLEBs to empower citizens in consideration of recent events and relevant developments in the country.
After years of us plebs writing in, begging them to do something to stem the massive numbers of immigrants who have been pouring into the UK (mainly England) for over a decade, and us plebs being ignored, there was a reaction from our lords and masters over the past few days.