adjective, plain·er, plain·est.
Origin of plain1
Synonyms for plain
Antonyms for plain
verb (used without object) British Dialect.
Origin of plain2
Related Words for plainsmeadow, expanse, field, prairie, steppe, grassland, plateau, flat, level, tundra, moor, champaign, moorland, heath, flatland
Examples from the Web for plains
Contemporary Examples of plains
Based on the hat he had created for himself, Stetson made a version called “The Boss of the Plains.”My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
In the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Plains, and Far West, secession sympathizers top out at 22 percent of the population.America’s Slumbering Secession Obsession
September 23, 2014
This is a big problem in states like Alaska, Montana, the Dakotas, and the plains states.Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?
September 21, 2014
Take the case of the American bison: The ice-age bison evolved into the Plains buffalo, Bison bison, perhaps 10,000 years ago.American Wilderness Faces the Firing Squad
July 6, 2014
Michael Waters explains, without serious evidence, that elk was “a rare animal in the plains at that time.”Incontrovertible Evidence Proves the First Americans Came From Asia
March 27, 2014
Historical Examples of plains
It has populated the mountains and the plains of our own country.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
To the east, plains for at least thirty miles, when broken ranges were visible.
From the camp only plains were in sight, not a tree visible.
We can turn rivers in their courses, level mountains to the plains.
This village was indicated, and the mountains, and plains beyond.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- the unmarked white ball, as distinguished from the spot balls
- the player using this ball
Word Origin for plain
Word Origin for plain
of the American Midwest, 1755 (in singular form from 1680s), see plain (n.). Plains Indian attested from 1844.
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