(Derogatory) An ordinary person, especially one from the lower social classes.
Mid 17th century: originally as plural plebs, from Latin plebs the common people. Later a shortened form of plebeian.
“Due to the mix up we plebs got to mingle with the hoity-toity in the VIP area.”
“He considers everyone outside his social circle to be plebs and incapable of rational thought.”
Opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England.
Antidisestablishmentarianism is very occasionally found in genuine use, but it is most often cited as an example of a very long word. Other similar curiosities are floccinaucinihilipilification and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (the longest word in this dictionary).
Kickshaw (noun) (archaic)
A fancy but insubstantial cooked dish, especially one of foreign origin. Or, An elegant but insubstantial trinket.
Late 16th century: from French quelque chose ‘something’. The French spelling was common in the 17th century; the present form results from interpretation of quelque chose as plural.
Chimaera (noun) (also Chimera)
(in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. (modern biology) An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimaera’.