[ plahzh ]

  1. a sandy bathing beach at a seashore resort.

  2. Astronomy. a luminous area in the sun's chromosphere that appears in the vicinity of a sunspot.

Origin of plage

First recorded in 1885–90; from French, from Italian piaggia, from Late Latin plagia “shore,” noun use of feminine of plagius “horizontal,” from Greek plágia (neuter plural) “sides (of a mountain), flanks (of an army),” noun use of plágios “oblique, slanting, sideways”; see plagio-

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How to use plage in a sentence

  • Another very interesting place is the plage de Westende, the present terminus of the electric railway from Ostend.

    Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • A lovely motor carriage was at our disposal for the “Hotel de la plage.”

  • After dinner he sat outside the hotel for an hour, watching people pass up and down the plage.

    The White Lie | William Le Queux
  • The godly expownd it as a due plage of God for the wickednes ther usid, and the Sabath day so profanely spent.

  • How and whether a Christen man ought to flye the horrible plage of the Pestilence.

British Dictionary definitions for plage


/ (plɑːʒ) /

  1. astronomy a bright patch in the sun's chromosphere

Origin of plage

French, literally: beach, strand

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Scientific definitions for plage


[ pläzh ]

  1. 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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