A newly entered cadet or freshman, especially at a military academy.
More example sentences
- Before going to bed at the US Naval Academy, a plebe shouts ‘Good night!’
- The summer before classes begin, they direct the eight weeks of military training for incoming plebes and yearlings.
- It's not the way we treat anyone - a fresh recruit or a plebe at West Point.
early 17th century: perhaps an abbreviation of plebeian.