Definitions of plain

  1. To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.
  2. To lament; to bewail; to complain.
  3. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; " My mother complains all day"; " She has a lot to kick about"
  4. To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
  5. To make plain or manifest; to explain.
  6. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
  7. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
  8. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable.
  9. Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.
  10. Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common.
  11. Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank.
  12. Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food.
  13. Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman.
  14. Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin.
  15. Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune.
  16. a basic knitting stitch
  17. Level land; any flat expanse.
  18. Plainness.
  19. Plain level land: any flat expanse: an open field.
  20. Level land.
  21. Level land or open field.
  22. Level land; a flat expanse- extensive plains in Asia are called steppes, in Africa, deserts, in S. Amer., pampas and llanos, in N. Amer., prairies and savannahs.
  23. unmistakably; " the answer is obviously wrong"; " she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; " he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; " it is all patently nonsense"; " she has apparently been living here for some time"; " I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; " You are plainly wrong"; (` plain' is often used informally for ` plainly' as in" he is plain stubborn")
  24. In a plain manner; plainly.
  25. Clearly.
  26. Plainly.
  27. Honestly: distinctly.
  28. Not obscurely; artlessly.
  29. Not obscurely; distinctly.
  30. lacking in physical beauty or proportion; " a homely child"; " several of the buildings were downright homely"; " a plain girl with a freckled face"
  31. lacking stylistic embellishment; " a literal description"; " wrote good but plain prose"; " a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; " a forthright unembellished style"
  32. lacking embellishment or ornamentation; " a plain hair style"; " unembellished white walls"; " functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
  33. free from any effort to soften to disguise; " the plain and unvarnished truth"; " the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
  34. comprehensible to the general public; " written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
  35. not elaborate or elaborated; simple; " plain food"; " stuck to the plain facts"; " a plain blue suit"; " a plain rectangular brick building"
  36. Level land; usually, an open field or a broad stretch of land with an even surface, or a surface little varied by inequalities; as, the plain of Jordan; the American plains, or prairies.
  37. A field of battle.
  38. Level; flat; even; smooth; clear; evident; as, in plain sight; easily understood; as, plain talk; unlearned; unpolished; simple in manners; as, a plain man; not luxurious; as, plain living; without ornament; as, plain furniture; without beauty; homely; as, a plain face.
  39. Even: flat: level: smooth: simple: homely: artless: sincere: evident: mere: not colored or figured.
  40. Level; simple; homely; clear; mere; not figured or gay.
  41. Flat; smooth; easy; readily understood.
  42. Lowly; unlearned; unadorned; unpretending; simple.
  43. Lacking personal beauty.
  44. Smooth; level: open; void of ornament; artless; simple; unaffected; undisguised; sincere; clear; easily seen or discovered; not difficult; not rich.
  45. Without ornament or embellishment; homely; artless; frank; sincere; candid; easily understood; not difficult; clear; not luxurious, as in food; smooth, level, or flat.