plain clothes

or plainclothes


plural noun

clothing other than one's uniform, especially civilian clothes worn on duty by a police officer.

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Origin of plain clothes

First recorded in 1815–25

OTHER WORDS FROM plain clothes

plain-clothes, plainclothes, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for plain clothes

plain clothes

pl n

  1. ordinary clothes, as distinguished from uniform, as worn by a police detective on duty
  2. (as modifier)a plain-clothes policeman
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