Definition of plebe in English:

plebe

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Pronunciation: /pliːb
 
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noun

US informal
  • A newly entered cadet or freshman, especially at a military or naval academy: [as modifier]: my plebe year was the only year in which I did not feel like an unwelcome minority
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    • 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.

Origin

early 17th century: perhaps an abbreviation of plebeian.

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