Plain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pleɪn|  American pronunciation of the word plain
Brit.  |pleɪn|  British pronunciation of the word plain


- extensive tract of level open land(syn: champaign, field)
- a basic knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from the lefthand side (syn: knit)


- express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness(syn: complain, kick, kvetch, quetch)


- clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment(syn: apparent, evident, manifest, palpable, patent, unmistakable)
- not mixed with extraneous elements(syn: sheer, unmingled, unmixed)
- free from any effort to soften to disguise(syn: unvarnished)
- lacking embellishment or ornamentation(syn: bare, spare, unembellished, unornamented)
- lacking in physical beauty or proportion(syn: homely)


- unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')(syn: apparently, evidently, manifestly, obviously, patently, plainly)


the Great Plains of the United States

...the first settlers in that area lived on the vast plains in lonely log cabins...

It was a plain room with no curtains.

She was wearing plain black shoes.

He printed the picture on plain paper.

You don't have to call me Mr. Johnson—just plain Fred will be fine.

What he said is a lie, plain and simple.

The facts are plain to see.

It's plain to everyone that she will never return.

It's perfectly plain that they will resist.

The plains of America are generally characterised by their gramineous covering or their vast forests.

I think that's plain stupid.

It was plain that Giles was not going to agree.

The advantages were plain to see.

You have made your feelings plain enough.

Word forms

singular: plain
plural: plains
comparative: plainer
superlative: plainest
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