[pluh-fon; French pla-fawn]

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

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

Nearby words

  1. plackart,
  2. placket,
  3. placode,
  4. placoderm,
  5. placoid,
  6. plagal,
  7. plagal cadence,
  8. plage,
  9. plagiarise,
  10. plagiarism

Origin of plafond

1655–65; < French; Middle French platfond ceiling, literally, flat bottom, i.e., underside. See plate1, fund Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plafond



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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Medicine definitions for plafond


[plə-fŏn, plä-fôɴ]


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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