Definition of plebe in English:


Syllabification: plebe
Pronunciation: /plēb


US informal
  • A newly entered cadet or freshman, especially at a military academy.
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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.


early 17th century: perhaps an abbreviation of plebeian.

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