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English definition of “plebeian”


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.Class and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor
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