noun, plural pla·teaus, pla·teaux [pla-tohz or, esp. British, plat-ohz] /plæˈtoʊz or, esp. British, ˈplæt oʊz/.
verb (used without object), pla·teaued, pla·teau·ing.
verb (used with object), pla·teaued, pla·teau·ing.
Origin of plateau
Examples from the Web for plateaux
Historical Examples of plateaux
Why did you not call me a bandit when I was at the Plateaux?The Hour and the Man
The hillsides as well as the plateaux are overgrown with dense vegetation.Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone
G. Harvey Ralphson
Of course, plateaux of accumulation are not always formed of igneous rocks.Fragments of Earth Lore
Further on are the mountains of Armenia, and the ark of Noah on one of its plateaux.Astronomical Myths
John F. Blake
Some veins run straight along on the plateaux, the hills, or plains.De Re Metallica
noun plural -eaus or -eaux (-əʊz)
Word Origin for plateau
1796, "elevated tract of relatively level land," from French plateau "table-land," from Old French platel (12c.) "flat piece of metal, wood, etc.," diminutive of plat "flat surface or thing," noun use of adjective plat "flat, stretched out" (12c.), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *plattus, from Greek platys "flat, wide, broad" (see plaice). Meaning "stage at which no progress is apparent" is attested from 1897, originally in psychology of learning. In reference to sexual stimulation from 1960.
1952, from plateau (n.). Related: Plateaued; plateauing.