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adjective uk   /pləˈbiː.ən/ formal disapproving us  
belonging to a low social class: He used to make fun of what he called her "plebeian origins". He retained a plebeian taste in food and drink.
Translations of “plebeian”
in Spanish Plebeyo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 平民的, 粗俗的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 平民的, 粗俗的…
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