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n. pl. ple·bes (plē′bēz)
1. The common people of ancient Rome: the plebs and the patricians.
2. The common people; the populace.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Plebsplebeians; the common people; the mob, 1647.
Example: plebs of the Ancient Forum, 1835.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.