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Word of the Day – plebeian

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plebeian / adjective / pli-beeuhn

DEFINITION

Common, commonplace, or vulgar: a plebeian joke.

QUOTES

It outfitted all the high-touch areas of the penthouse (like the bannister on the staircase) in an antimicrobial coating, so you don’t have to deal with such plebeian concerns as germs. -ELIZABETH SEGRAN, “THIS $26 MILLION PENTHOUSE IS THE GOOP OF LUXURY REAL ESTATE,” FAST COMPANY, JULY 17, 2019

ORIGIN

English plebeian, adjective and noun, ultimately derives from the Latin adjective and noun plēbēius “pertaining to the common people, a commoner.” The adjective also meant “common, ordinary, everyday” and was usually disparaging. Plēbēius derives from the noun plebs (also plēbēs, stem plēb-) “the general citizenry (as opposed to the patricians).” Plebs (plēbēs) is akin to Greek plêthos “great number, multitude, the majority of people, the commons”; the Latin and Greek nouns derive from a Proto-Indo-European plēdhwo-, ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European root pele-, plē– “to fill.” Plebeian entered English in the 16th century.

Source: https://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-day/plebeian-2019-08-14/