One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A newly entered cadet or freshman, especially at a military academy.
novice, starter, learner, student, pupil, trainee, apprentice, probationerView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century: perhaps an abbreviation of plebeian.
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