Definition of plebe in English:



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

    • ‘It's not the way we treat anyone - a fresh recruit or a plebe at West Point.’
    • ‘As the plebes looked around in confusion, I watched Michael spin Lindsay around and dance in the corniest style I had ever seen in my life.’
    • ‘It happened near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City during my plebe year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Yes, beautiful, sexy, passionate, sweet Emily,’ he said like a plebe.’
    • ‘He later wrote, ‘At that party I knew that Shannon did not have the slightest chance of surviving the plebe system.’’
    • ‘What technology has the Space Shuttle program provided us plebes?’
    • ‘Webb depicts the physical abuse of plebes at the hands of upperclassmen, a practice that has been abolished, but he still vividly captures the sense of honor that pervades U.S. service academies.’
    • ‘In the age of positive feedback, potentates (often the ‘grande’ and ‘vente’ variety) are frequently called upon to evaluate the performance of plebes who report to them.’
    novice, starter, learner, student, pupil, trainee, apprentice, probationer
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Early 17th century: perhaps an abbreviation of plebeian.