plafond

[ pluh-fon; French pla-fawn ]
/ pləˈfɒn; French plaˈfɔ̃ /

noun, plural pla·fonds [pluh-fonz; French pla-fawn]. /pləˈfɒnz; French plaˈfɔ̃/. Architecture.

a ceiling, whether flat or arched, especially one of decorative character.

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Origin of plafond

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

plafond
/ (pləˈfɒn, French plafɔ̃) /

noun

a ceiling, esp one having ornamentation
a card game, a precursor of contract bridge

Word Origin for plafond

C17: from French, literally: ceiling, maximum, from plat flat + fond bottom, from Latin fundus bottom
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Medical definitions for plafond

plafond
[ plə-fŏn, plä-fôɴ ]

n.

An anatomical part or surface that is farthest from the midline of the body, especially the articular surface of the distal end of the tibia.
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