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NOUN (1)

1. one of the common people;
[syn: plebeian, pleb]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. of or associated with the great masses of people;
- Example: "the common people in those days suffered greatly"
- Example: "behavior that branded him as common"
- Example: "his square plebeian nose"
- Example: "a vulgar and objectionable person"
- Example: "the unwashed masses"
[syn: common, plebeian, vulgar, unwashed]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plebeian \Ple*be"ian\, n. 1. One of the plebs, or common people of ancient Rome, in distinction from patrician. [1913 Webster] 2. One of the common people, or lower rank of men. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plebeian \Ple*be"ian\ (pl[-e]*b[=e]"yan), a. [L. plebeius, from plebs, plebis, the common people: cf. F. pl['e]b['e]ien.] 1. Of or pertaining to the Roman plebs, or common people. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to the common people; vulgar; common; as, plebeian sports; a plebeian throng. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

plebeian adj 1: of or associated with the great masses of people; "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose"; "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses" [syn: common, plebeian, vulgar, unwashed] n 1: one of the common people [syn: plebeian, pleb]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

61 Moby Thesaurus words for "plebeian": Babbittish, Cockney, Everyman, John Smith, Philistine, average man, base, baseborn, below the salt, bourgeois, brutish, campy, coarse, cockney, common, common man, commoner, commonplace, crass, gauche, general, high-camp, homely, homespun, humble, ignoble, inferior, kitschy, little fellow, little man, low, low-camp, low-class, lowborn, lowbred, lowbrow, lowly, mean, nonclerical, ordinary, plain, pleb, pop, popular, proletarian, provincial, public, roturier, rude, rustic, shabby-genteel, third-estate, uncouth, undistinguished, ungenteel, unpolished, unrefined, unwashed, vernacular, vulgar, working-class
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PLEBEIAN. One who is classed among the common people, as distinguished from the nobles. Happily in this country the order of nobles does not exist.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

PLEBEIAN, n. An ancient Roman who in the blood of his country stained nothing but his hands. Distinguished from the Patrician, who was a saturated solution.