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[plahzh] /plɑʒ/
a sandy bathing beach at a seashore resort.
Astronomy. a luminous area in the sun's chromosphere that appears in the vicinity of a sunspot.
Origin of plage
1885-90; < French < Italian piaggia < Late Latin plagia shore, noun use of feminine of plagius horizontal < Greek plágios slanting, sideways; see plagio- Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We will have a stroll along the plage and see it after our tea.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • There were horses to ride also, and a beautiful "plage" to bathe upon.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • We did not speak as we crossed the plage and began to climb.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • Jean and the Comtesse de Tournelle watched us from the plage.

  • He tiptoed carefully to the window and had a look at the plage.

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp
  • And then he patted her on the cheek, and told her not to cry, and went out on the plage to commune with tobacco.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • After dinner he sat outside the hotel for an hour, watching people pass up and down the plage.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • They turned down a narrow street of quiet houses, and came out on to the plage.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • Another very interesting place is the plage de Westende, the present terminus of the electric railway from Ostend.


    George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • He caught a glimpse of the two wounded British officers swinging off towards the plage.

British Dictionary definitions for plage


(astronomy) a bright patch in the sun's chromosphere
Word Origin
French, literally: beach, strand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plage

"a region," late 14c., from Old French plage (13c.), from Late Latin plagia "a plain, shore," noun use of adjective (plagia regio), from plaga "a region, stretch of country" (see pelagic). Astronomical sense is from 1949.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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plage in Science
A bright and intensely hot area in the Sun's chromosphere, usually associated with a sunspot. It is typically brighter than its surroundings but may be indistinguishable due to lack of contrast. Plages are sources of strong ultraviolet radiation.
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