Definitions for plainpleɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
plainpleɪn(adj.; adv.; n.)-er, -est
(adj.)clear or distinct to the eye or ear:
in plain view.
clear to the mind; evident:
to make one's meaning plain.
downright; sheer; utter:
free from ambiguity or evasion; candid:
the plain truth.
without special pretensions; ordinary:
not beautiful; unattractive:
a plain face.
without intricacies or difficulties.
with little or no embellishment or decoration:
a plain blue suit.
without a pattern, figure, or device:
a plain fabric.
not rich, highly seasoned, or elaborately prepared, as food.
flat or level:
(adv.)clearly and simply:
They're just plain stupid.
(n.)an area of land not significantly higher than adjacent areas and with relatively minor differences in elevation, commonly less than 500 ft. (150 m), within the area.
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Great Plains.
Origin of plain:
1250–1300; ME < OF < L plānus flat, level, plānum flat country
plain, field, champaign(noun)
extensive tract of level open land
"they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"
knit, knit stitch, plain, plain stitch(adj)
a basic knitting stitch
apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakable(adj)
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
"the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"
not elaborate or elaborated; simple
"plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
lacking patterns especially in color
plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed(adj)
not mixed with extraneous elements
"plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
free from any effort to soften to disguise
"the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
plain, bare, spare, unembellished, unornamented(adj)
lacking embellishment or ornamentation
"a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
lacking in physical beauty or proportion
"a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"
complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch(adverb)
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
"My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"
obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plainly, plain(adverb)
unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')
"the answer is obviously wrong"; "she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; "he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; "it is all patently nonsense"; "she has apparently been living here for some time"; "I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; "You are plainly wrong"; "he is plain stubborn"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
without decoration or extra things added; = simple
plain white plates; good plain food
easy to see or understand; = clear
It was plain that the plan wasn't working.; a document written in plain English
to make very easy to understand
He made it plain that he was not interested.
a clear and direct way of talking
He prides himself on his plain speaking.
emphasizes sth is done in a clear, definite way
The union refused to accept it, plain and simple.
(of a person) not very pretty or attractive
a plain child
a large flat area of land
the plains of the Midwestern U.S.
emphasizes a bad quality
That was just plain stupid!
to lament; to bewail; to complain
to lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss
without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane
open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair
not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable
void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple
not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common
free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank
not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food
without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman
not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin
not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune
in a plain manner; plainly
level land; usually, an open field or a broad stretch of land with an even surface, or a surface little varied by inequalities; as, the plain of Jordan; the American plains, or prairies
a field of battle
to plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface
to make plain or manifest; to explain
In geography, a plain are fertile regions. They are vast and flat and are very conductive to habitation. For these reasons, the plains of the world have the highest density of population. Some of them have been cradles of famous civilizations. Large rivers and their tributaries that provide enough water for human and animal consumption usually drain plains. Plains occur as lowlands and at the bottoms of valleys but also on plateaus at high elevations. In a valley, a plain is enclosed on two sides but in other cases a plain may be delineated by a complete or partial ring of hills, by mountains or cliffs. Where a geological region contains more than one plain, they may be connected by a pass. Plains may have been formed from flowing lava, deposited by water, ice or wind, or formed by erosion by these agents from hills and mountains. Plains in many areas are important for agriculture because where the soils were deposited as sediments they may be deep and fertile, and the flatness facilitates mechanization of crop production; or because they support grasslands which provide good grazing for livestock.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3492
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2790
Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Nouns Frequency: #2147
Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Adjectives Frequency: #453
Translations for plain
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
simple or ordinary; without ornament or decoration
plain living; good, plain food.
- بَسيط، عاديArabic
- simplesPortuguese (BR)
- jednoduchý, prostýCzech
- απλός, σκέτοςGreek
- sencillo; liso; sin ornamentos; llano (persona)Spanish
- jednostavan, priprostCroatian
- egyszerű; simaHungarian
- einfaldur, látlausIcelandic
- 간단한, 소박한Korean
- paprastas, kuklusLithuanian
- enkel, alminnelig, vanligNorwegian
- zwykły, prostyPolish
- ساده ډوله، رډه سپينه ( په ډانګ پيلىPashto
- enkel, vanligSwedish
- 簡樸的Chinese (Trad.)
- простий; звичайнийUkrainian
- đơn sơ; giản dịVietnamese
- 简朴的Chinese (Simp.)
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