Etymology
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plebe (n.)

also pleb, "member of the lowest class at a U.S. military academy," 1833, probably a shortened form of plebeian "one of the lower class," which in Latin also had the short form plebs or plebes.

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Definitions of plebe

plebe (n.)
a military trainee (as at a military academy);
Synonyms: cadet
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