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[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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Oui, messieurs, he was right, and such a plafond is not produced in a day.

    Fragments of an Autobiography

    Felix Moscheles

  • Have some paper cases ready, which lay on a plafond with some paper underneath.

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

  • Beautiful oil-paintings, in tasteful gold frames, ornament the plafond; but the magnificent chandelier is the greatest curiosity.

    Visit to Iceland

    Ida Pfeiffer

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for plafond


  1. a ceiling, esp one having ornamentation
  2. a card game, a precursor of contract bridge
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Word Origin

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


(plə-fŏn, plä-fôɴ)
  1. 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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