adjective, plain·er, plain·est.
Origin of plain1
Synonyms for plain
Antonyms for plain
Related Words for plainnessperspicuity, evidence, articulateness, purity, openness, lucidness, perceptibility, palpability, pellucidity, exactness, accuracy, simplicity, limpidity, precision, tangibility, lucidity, definition, distinctness, brightness, exactitude
Examples from the Web for plainness
Historical Examples of plainness
Under the circumstances, it is surprising how much of plainness women have preserved.The Bacillus of Beauty
Neatness was at all times my pride; but now plainness was the conformity to necessity.Beaux and Belles of England
For my part, there isn't one of them bates the Manx itself for plainness.The Manxman
Its plainness troubled him, but its cleanliness was unquestionable.The Golden Woman
They fascinated him till their plainness to his sight gave him a conviction that there was danger there.Chance
- the unmarked white ball, as distinguished from the spot balls
- the player using this ball
Word Origin for plain
Word Origin for plain
c.1300, "flat, smooth," from Old French plain "flat, smooth, even" (12c.), from Latin planus "flat, even, level" (see plane (n.1)). Sense of "evident" is from, c.1300; that of "free from obstruction" is early 14c.; meaning "simple, sincere, ordinary" is recorded from late 14c., especially of dress, "unembellished, without decoration."
In reference to the dress and speech of Quakers, it is recorded from 1824; of Amish and Mennonites, from 1894 (in the Dutch regions of Pennsylvania Plain with the capital is shorthand adjective for "Amish and Old Order Mennonite"). Of appearance, as a euphemism for "ill-favored, ugly" it dates from 1749. Of envelopes from 1913. As an adverb from early 14c. Plain English is from c.1500. Plain dealer "one who deals plainly or speaks candidly" is from 1570s, marked "Now rare" in OED 2nd edition. To be as plain as the nose on (one's) face is from 1690s.
"level country," c.1300 (in reference to Salisbury Plain), from Old French plain "open countryside," from Latin planum "level ground, plain," noun use of neuter of planus (adj.) "flat, even, level" (see plane (n.1)). Latin planum was used for "level ground" but much more common was campus.
In addition to the idioms beginning with plain
- plain as day
- plain sailing
- in plain English