One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ordinary person, especially one from the lower social classes.
proletarian, commoner, common person, man in the street, person in the street, woman in the street, working-class person, worker, working personView synonyms
- ‘Tressell wrote his book for the coffee tables of the dissenting middle classes rather than for plebs like Towers and me.’
- ‘It was with a certain degree of self-confessed smugness that I looked out as the blustery wind swept around headquarters and the ordinary plebs tried to wrap up against the elements.’
- ‘When you turn on your TV, you may see a wizened old man making plebs laugh with his bad wigs and big chin, but we see someone else entirely.’
- ‘It's that their criticisms tend so much towards the intellectual snob snap dismissal: it's sold millions, it's popular, ergo it's for the plebs.’
- ‘The truly posh very rarely have much to do with this, so it tends to be the upper middle class vs the utter plebs.’
- ‘Gianfrancesco Gonzaga invited classical scholar Vittorino da Feltre to set up a boys' school in the city inspired by humanist principles, where ducal scions mixed with talented plebs.’
- ‘The turf was actually decent and they were kind enough to let us plebs sit in the expensive seats.’
- ‘When she decided she was too special to have to line up with the rest of the plebs, she forced her way to the front of the line, demanding to be served because she's ‘famous.’’
- ‘But we didn't have to queue with the plebs, oh no!’
- ‘They should drop their supercilious, insulting position of superiority over the plebs and treat the electorate as intelligent, informed people who deserve not to be put in this position.’
Mid 17th century: originally as plural plebs, from Latin plebs ‘the common people’. Later a shortened form of plebeian.
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