[ pluh-fon; French pla-fawn ]
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noun,plural pla·fonds [pluh-fonz; French pla-fawn]. /pləˈfɒnz; French plaˈfɔ̃/. Architecture.
  1. a ceiling, whether flat or arched, especially one of decorative character.

Origin of plafond

1655–65; <French; Middle French platfond ceiling, literally, flat bottom, i.e., underside. See plate1, fund

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How to use plafond in a sentence

  • This picture is the finished sketch of a plafond now at Dijon, the birth-place of the painter.

  • Silken carpets covered the floor, and the plafond of this gigantic hall was formed by the thousand-starred arch of heaven.

    The Daughter of an Empress | Louise Muhlbach
  • Above, garlands of flowers and evergreens, from which thousands of coloured lamps were suspended, formed the plafond.

    Three Months Abroad | Anna Vivanti
  • As I was poking about, two urchins accosted me and asked if I would like to see the plafond.

    A Spring Walk in Provence | Archibald Marshall
  • Beautiful oil-paintings, in tasteful gold frames, ornament the plafond; but the magnificent chandelier is the greatest curiosity.

    Visit to Iceland | Ida Pfeiffer

British Dictionary definitions for plafond


/ (pləˈfɒn, French plafɔ̃) /

  1. a ceiling, esp one having ornamentation

  2. a card game, a precursor of contract bridge

Origin of plafond

C17: from French, literally: ceiling, maximum, from plat flat + fond bottom, from Latin fundus bottom

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