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Plebs \Plebs\ (pl[e^]bz), n. [L. Cf. Plebe.]

  1. The commonalty of ancient Rome who were citizens without the usual political rights; the plebeians; -- distinguished from the patricians.

  2. Hence, the common people; the populace; -- construed as a pl.


n. 1 (plural of pleb English) 2 The common people, as a whole, or as a group.


In ancient Rome, the plebs was the general body of free Roman citizens who were not patricians, as determined by the census. From the 4th century BC or earlier, they were known as commoners (part of the lower social status).

Literary references to the plebs, however, usually mean the ordinary citizens of Rome as a whole, as distinguished from the elite—a sense retained by "plebeian" in English. In the very earliest days of Rome, plebeians were any tribe without advisers to the King. In time, the word – which is related to the Greek word for crowd, plethos – came to mean the common people.

Plebs (TV series)

Plebs is a British television series broadcast on ITV2. It was first broadcast in March 2013, and is produced by Tom Basden, Caroline Leddy, Sam Leifer and Teddy Leifer. It stars Joel Fry, Tom Rosenthal and Ryan Sampson, who play young residents of ancient Rome. The format has been compared to The Inbetweeners, Up Pompeii and Blackadder. The first two episodes were shown on 25 March 2013. A second series of eight episodes was broadcast between 22 September and 3 November 2014. A third series of eight episodes was broadcast between 4 April and 16 May 2016.

The style is contemporary and anachronistically uses modern language especially by the character Stylax.

The series uses predominantly ska/rocksteady music during all the opening and closing titles and during each episode as background music.

Plebs (spider)

Plebs is a genus of spider previously considered part of several other genera in the Araneidae family of orb-weaving spiders. In 2012 a taxonomic revision suggested that this was a distinct genus of closely related spiders. Genetic evidence supports the idea that this monophyletic genus evolved in Australia and through subsequent movements spread into parts of Asia and Pacific islands.

There are a total of 22 species in the genus. Seven are found in Australia, thirteen in Asia and, one endemic to New Caledonia and one endemic to Vanuatu.

Usage examples of "plebs".

I am going to move in the Plebs that all future candidates for an augurship should be required to strip naked and parade up and down the Forum.

Curio as tribune of the plebs, hurrying from Gaul, sent ahead and registered as a candidate for the vacant augurship of Quintus Hortensius.

That Oppianicus had ended in being convicted was due to the avarice of his appointed briber, the same Gaius Aelius Staienus who had proven so useful to Pompey a few years earlier-and kept ninety thousand sesterces for himself when Gaius Antonius Hybrida had hired him to bribe nine tribunes of the plebs.

And one of the tribunes-elect of the plebs, Gaius Memmius, created such a howl in the Forum that no amount of bribing by Jugurtha could avert catastrophe.

Gaius Aelius Staienus had a busy evening bustling from the house of one tribune of the plebs to another-Marcus Atilius Bulbus, Manius Aquillius, Quintus Curius, Publius Popillius, and on through nine of the ten.

The tribunate of the plebs appeals to men with a streak of the demagogue in them, like Clodius.

Roman magistrate, even the most unabashed demagogue who ever called himself a tribune of the plebs!

That he was now the President of the College of Tribunes of the Plebs did not bode well for tribunician antics of demagogue kind.

Among these was the younger brother of Celer, Metellus Nepos, soon to assume office as tribune of the plebs.

Cato, who would also be a tribune of the plebs, commended Cicerowhich only made Nepos scream louder, because he loathed Cato.

Therefore his prisoners would continue to live under custody in Rome until well into the New Year, which also meant new tribunes of the plebs like Metellus Nepos yammering that Cicero had exceeded his authority, and other tribunes of the plebs like Cato hovering to pounce on any legal slip.

Caesar spoke briefly to the effect that the tribune of the plebs Quintus Caecilius Metellus Nepos wished to present a bill for discussion by the People.

Curule chairs overturned as consuls, praetors and aediles fled up the broad marble stairs into the temple, with all the tribunes of the plebs except for Cato and Metellus Nepos after them.

The moment the suffect consuls were installed, Publius Titius went to the Plebs.

All over the Terran System, and even as far away as Wolfbane, Plebs exploded into paroxysms of mindless violence.