Plain People

plural noun

  1. members of the Amish, the Mennonites, or the Dunkers: so named because they stress simple living.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Plain People1

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75

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Example Sentences

And then I will proceed to explore, to think through, to listen to people—I call them plain people—throughout America.

He knows that plain people are sooner impressed by an apt illustration than by learned discussion.

It makes plain people dizzy to attempt to follow leaders of opinion who change with every wind that blows across the ocean.

It was a complete enlightenment in plain words to a plain people––a concise and convincing protest.

He says the plain people will never allow this war to go on, because they've been tricked into it by Wall Street or something.

His parents were plain people, neither rich nor poor—and of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.


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