[ pleyn-tekst ]
/ ˈpleɪnˌtɛkst /


the intelligible original message of a cryptogram, as opposed to the coded or enciphered version.


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Also called clear text.
Compare cryptography.

Origin of plaintext

First recorded in 1915–20; plain1 + text Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020