[ plen-tee ]
/ ˈplɛn ti /
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noun, plural plen·ties.
a full or abundant supply or amount: There is plenty of time.
the state or quality of being plentiful; abundance: resources in plenty.
an abundance, as of goods or luxuries, or a time of such abundance: the plenty of a rich harvest; the plenty that comes with peace.
existing in ample quantity or number; plentiful; abundant: Food is never too plenty in the area.
more than sufficient; ample: That helping is plenty for me.
Informal. fully; quite: plenty good enough.
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Origin of plenty

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English plente, from Old French; replacing Middle English plenteth, from Old French plented, plentet, from Latin plēnitāt- (stem of plēnitās) “fullness.” See plenum, -ity

synonym study for plenty

2. Plenty, abundance, profusion refer to a large quantity or supply. Plenty suggests a supply that is fully adequate to any demands: plenty of money. Abundance implies a great plenty, an ample and generous oversupply: an abundance of rain. Profusion applies to such a lavish and excessive abundance as often suggests extravagance or prodigality: luxuries in great profusion.

usage note for plenty

The construction plenty of is standard in all varieties of speech and writing: plenty of room in the shed. The use of plenty preceding a noun, without an intervening of, first appeared in the late 19th century: plenty room in the shed. It occurs today chiefly in informal speech. As an adverb, a use first recorded in the mid-19th century, plenty is also informal and is found chiefly in speech or written representations of speech.


o·ver·plen·ty, noun


abundance, plenty , profusion (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for plenty (1 of 2)

/ (ˈplɛntɪ) /

noun plural -ties
(often foll by of) a great number, amount, or quantity; lotsplenty of time; there are plenty of cars on display here
generous or ample supplies of wealth, produce, or resourcesthe age of plenty
in plenty existing in abundancefood in plenty
  1. very many; ampleplenty of people believe in ghosts
  2. (as pronoun)there's plenty more; that's plenty, thanks
not standard, mainly US (intensifier)he was plenty mad
informal more than adequately; abundantlythe water's plenty hot enough

Word Origin for plenty

C13: from Old French plenté, from Late Latin plēnitās fullness, from Latin plēnus full

British Dictionary definitions for plenty (2 of 2)

/ (ˈplɛntɪ) /

Bay of Plenty a large bay of the Pacific on the NE coast of the North Island, New Zealand
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