Definitions for plainpleɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

plainpleɪn(adj.; adv.; n.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)clear or distinct to the eye or ear:

    in plain view.

  2. clear to the mind; evident:

    to make one's meaning plain.

  3. easily understood:

    plain talk.

  4. downright; sheer; utter:

    plain stupidity.

  5. free from ambiguity or evasion; candid:

    the plain truth.

  6. without special pretensions; ordinary:

    plain people.

  7. not beautiful; unattractive:

    a plain face.

  8. without intricacies or difficulties.

  9. with little or no embellishment or decoration:

    a plain blue suit.

  10. without a pattern, figure, or device:

    a plain fabric.

  11. not rich, highly seasoned, or elaborately prepared, as food.

  12. flat or level:

    plain country.

  13. (adv.)clearly and simply:

    They're just plain stupid.

  14. (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.

  15. The Plains,

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Great Plains.

Origin of plain:

1250–1300; ME < OF < L plānus flat, level, plānum flat country


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. knit, knit stitch, plain, plain stitch(adj)

    a basic knitting stitch

  3. 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"

  4. plain(adj)

    not elaborate or elaborated; simple

    "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"

  5. plain, unpatterned(adj)

    lacking patterns especially in color

  6. plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed(adj)

    not mixed with extraneous elements

    "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"

  7. plain, unvarnished(adj)

    free from any effort to soften to disguise

    "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"

  8. plain, bare, spare, unembellished, unornamented(adj)

    lacking embellishment or ornamentation

    "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"

  9. homely, plain(verb)

    lacking in physical beauty or proportion

    "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"

  10. 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"

  11. 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

  1. plain(adjective)ɪn

    without decoration or extra things added; = simple

    plain white plates; good plain food

  2. plainɪn

    easy to see or understand; = clear

    It was plain that the plan wasn't working.; a document written in plain English

  3. plainɪn

    to make very easy to understand

    He made it plain that he was not interested.

  4. plainɪn

    a clear and direct way of talking

    He prides himself on his plain speaking.

  5. plainɪn

    emphasizes sth is done in a clear, definite way

    The union refused to accept it, plain and simple.

  6. plainɪn

    (of a person) not very pretty or attractive

    a plain child

  7. plain(noun)ɪn

    a large flat area of land

    the plains of the Midwestern U.S.

  8. plain(adverb)ɪn

    emphasizes a bad quality

    That was just plain stupid!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plain(verb)

    to lament; to bewail; to complain

  2. Plain(verb)

    to lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss

  3. Plain

    without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane

  4. Plain

    open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair

  5. Plain

    not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable

  6. Plain

    void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple

  7. Plain

    not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common

  8. Plain

    free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank

  9. Plain

    not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food

  10. Plain

    without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman

  11. Plain

    not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin

  12. Plain

    not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune

  13. Plain(adverb)

    in a plain manner; plainly

  14. Plain(adj)

    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

  15. Plain(adj)

    a field of battle

  16. Plain

    to plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface

  17. Plain

    to make plain or manifest; to explain


  1. Plain

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3492

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2790

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Nouns Frequency: #2147

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Adjectives Frequency: #453

Anagrams of plain

  1. Lapin

  2. Lipan

Translations for plain

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


simple or ordinary; without ornament or decoration

plain living; good, plain food.

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