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Plain appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Plain bun, plum bun, bun without plum.

Plain appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • To lap up a plain arcane post, old lots open a cranial pap up a lot.
  • Pots sued a millennial plan even if fine venal plain Nelli made us stop.
  • Spasms in a node path to both cranial pates set a plain arch to both taped onanism saps.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective plain:


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Plain is sometimes a misspelling of plan or plane.

The word plain is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective plain

What does plain mean as an attribute of a noun?

Plain is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: plainer | plainest

  1. clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
  2. not elaborate or elaborated; simple
  3. lacking patterns especially in color
  4. not mixed with extraneous elements
  5. free from any effort to soften to disguise
  6. lacking embellishment or ornamentation
  7. lacking in physical beauty or proportion

Alternative definition of the adjective plain


  1. [context: now rare, regional] Flat, level. [definition from 14th c.]
  2. Ordinary; lacking adornment or ornamentation; unembellished. [definition from 14th c.]
  3. Evident to one's senses or reason; manifest, obvious, clear, unmistakable. [definition from 14th c.]
  4. Downright; total, unmistakable (as intensifier). [definition from 14th c.]
  5. Honest and without deception; candid, open; blunt. [definition from 14th c.]
  6. Simple in habits or qualities; unsophisticated, not exceptional, ordinary. [definition from 16th c.]
  7. Not unusually beautiful; unattractive. [definition from 17th c.]
  8. [food] Having only few ingredients, or no additional ingredients or seasonings; not elaborate, without toppings or extras. [definition from 17th c.]
  9. [computing] Containing no non-printing characters; ASCII code values 32 through 126. [definition from 20th c.]

Definition of the adverb plain

What does plain mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

Alternative definition of the adverb plain


  1. [colloquial] Simply

Definition of the noun plain

What does plain mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: plains

  1. extensive tract of level open land
    • example: they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of plain: champaign / field
    • more generic terms: dry land / earth / ground / land / solid ground / terra firma = the solid part of the earth's surface
    • more specific terms:
      • flat = a level tract of land
      • flood plain / floodplain = a low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding
      • llano = an extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain
      • moorland / moor = open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss
      • peneplain / peneplane = a more or less level land surface representing an advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements
      • snowfield = a permanent wide expanse of snow
      • steppe = extensive plain without trees
      • tundra = a vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where the subsoil is permanently frozen
    • instances:
      • Olympia = a plain in Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese
      • Nullarbor Plain = a vast arid plain of southern Australia stretching inland from the Great Australian Bight; has sparse vegetation and no surface water and is almost uninhabited
      • Serengeti Plain / Serengeti = a vast plain in Tanzania to the west of the Great Rift Valley known for its wildlife
  2. a basic knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from the lefthand side

Alternative definition of the noun plain


  1. An expanse of land with relatively low relief.
  2. [obsolete] A plane.

Definition of the verb plain

What does plain mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: plained | plaining | plains

  1. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness


  1. Plain is a village in Sauk County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 773 at the 2010 census.
  2. Plain a.k.a. Plain Township is one of the seventeen townships of Stark County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 51,997 people in the township, 35,543 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township. Located near the city of Canton, it is one of the more populous urban townships in Ohio.
  3. Plain a.k.a. Plain, Washington: Plain is a small unincorporated community in Chelan County, Washington, United States. It is located east of Coles Corner, Washington, near U.S. Route 2 and SR 207. Plain was serviced by the former SR 209, now called the Chumstick Highway, which connects Plain with Chumstick and Leavenworth along an old railroad grade.
  4. Plain a.k.a. Plain, Texas: Plain was a rural community four miles east of Tadmor in the Davy Crockett National Forest in eastern Houston County, Texas.

There are other places with in their name, like Fort Plain, Hart Plain, Mill Plain, Plain City, Plain View, Belle Plain, Maple Plain, Plain Grove, Stony Plain, Cherry Plain, Dinner Plain, Garden Plain, Sharon plain, Carrizo Plain, Central Plain, Chengdu Plain, Jamaica Plain, Plain Dealing, Plain of Jars.


  1. "Plain" is a musical album of Megumi Hayashibara.
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"Plain" is a book by Arne Rudskoger.

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  1. Plain: In geography, a plain is a flat region. Plains occur as lowlands and at the bottoms of valleys but also on plateaus or uplands 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, wind, or formed by erosion by these agents from hills and mountains.
    • also known as Planitia
  2. Plain: In the plain weave the woof thread runs under and over the warp, and the warp threads run over and under the next woof threads.
    • also known as taffeta weave, tabby weave, tabby, Plain weave
  3. Plain: Der Plain ist ein Naturraum auf der Halbinsel Cotentin südlich des Val de Saire. Das Gebiet liegt im französischen Département Manche in der Region Basse-Normandie und wird im Westen vom Fluss Merderet und im Osten von der Cotentin-Ostküste begegrenzt. Valognes bildet die Nordgrenze, während Carentan die Südgrenze darstellt. Die bedeutendsten Städte sind Montebourg und Sainte-Mère-Église. Mehrere Gemeinden führen die Gebietsbezeichnung auch in ihrem Namen, wie Angoville-au-Plain, Beuzeville-au-Plain und Neuville-au-Plain. Große Teile des Gebietes liegen im Regionalen Naturpark Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin.
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Phrases with Plain

Phrases starting with the word Plain:

  1. Plain Jane
  2. Plain Line
  3. Plain Text
  4. Plain Wren
  5. Plain-Song
  6. plain flour
  7. Plain Lined
  8. Plain Paper
  9. Plain Swift
  10. Plain Toado
  11. plain weave
  12. plain-woven
  13. Plain Bonito
  14. Plain Button
  15. Plain Inezia
  16. Plain Pigeon

Phrases ending with the word Plain:

  1. to plain
  2. salt plain
  3. flood plain
  4. Gibber Plain

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Plain

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Google previewGreat Outline of Geography for High Schools and Families (1868)

Text-book to Accompany the Universal Atlas

The word plain means smooth — even - — level — flat — without elevations or depressions. But when astronomers describe the planets revolving around the sun, all of them in about the same level, just as if they were rolling on a great level or ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

PLAIN. PLAIN. Let's leave off our labour, and now let's go play, For ...

Google previewFoods and Food Production Encyclopedia (2012)

by Douglas M. Considine

Rio Grande plain. J. Southwestern prairies cotton and forage region. Cross Timbers. Grand Prairie. Texas Blackland Prairie. Texas claypan area. K. Northern lake states forest and forage region. Northern Minnesota swamps and lakes.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Law Enforcement (2005)

by Larry E. Sullivan

The plain view doctrine states that an item within the sight of a police officer who is legally in a position to see the item may be seized without a warrant, as long as the item is immediately recognizable as contraband or evidence subject to ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

A cylindroidal vault is a plain vault, the figure of the extrados of which springs from - a horizontal plane; its section perpendicular to those lines is every where a semi-ellipsis, equal and similar throughout, and its base is that of either axis; or it is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the United States Constitution (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

plain view doctrine not merely freedom from bodily restraint but also the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, establish a home and bring up children, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Literary Pseudonyms in the English Language (2015)

by T.J. Carty

John Tutchin PLACE, BENJAMIN Edward Thring PLAGUE'EM, PETER John Hamilton Reynolds PLAIDY, JEAN Eleanor Alice Hibbert PLAIN, HENRY James Anderson PLAIN, JOSEPHINE Isabel Mary Mitchell PLAIN, TIMOTHY Moncrieff ...

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language (1798)

... To which are Prefixed Principles of English Pronunciation; ... Third Edition. By John Walker, ...

PLAIN, pláne. a. (202). Smooth, level, flat; void of ornament, simple; artless; honestly rough, open, sincere; mere, bare ; evident, clear. PLAIN, pláne. ad. Not obscurely; distinétly, articulately; simply, with rough sincerity. PLAIN, plane. s.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes (2009)

by Alexander E. Gates, David Ritchie

Snake River Plain Idaho, United States The Snake River Plain in southern Idaho is part of the Columbia–Snake River Plateau, an expanse of lava flows overlying great rhyo- lite ash deposits extending through much of the states of Idaho, ...

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Usage statistics about plain

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Quotes about Plain

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
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Scrabble value of P3L1A1I1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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