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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of plage

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for plage



astronomy a bright patch in the sun's chromosphere

Word Origin for plage

French, literally: beach, strand
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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

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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