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)
they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain
- 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, sound off)
My mother complains all day


- clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment (syn: apparent, evident, manifest, palpable, patent, unmistakable)
made his meaning plain
it is plain that he is no reactionary
in plain view
- not mixed with extraneous elements (syn: sheer)
plain water
- free from any effort to soften to disguise (syn: unvarnished)
the plain and unvarnished truth
- lacking embellishment or ornamentation (syn: bare, spare)
a plain hair style
- lacking in physical beauty or proportion (syn: homely)
a plain girl with a freckled face


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

Extra examples

...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.

Let me make it plain (=state it clearly). We do not want you here.

Word forms

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