Definitions of plain

  1. 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")
  2. extensive tract of level open land; " they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; " he longed for the fields of his youth"
  3. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; " My mother complains all day"; " She has a lot to kick about"
  4. lacking in physical beauty or proportion; " a homely child"; " several of the buildings were downright homely"; " a plain girl with a freckled face"
  5. a basic knitting stitch
  6. lacking stylistic embellishment; " a literal description"; " wrote good but plain prose"; " a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; " a forthright unembellished style"
  7. lacking embellishment or ornamentation; " a plain hair style"; " unembellished white walls"; " functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
  8. free from any effort to soften to disguise; " the plain and unvarnished truth"; " the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
  9. comprehensible to the general public; " written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
  10. lacking patterns especially in color
  11. not mixed with extraneous elements; " plain water"; " sheer wine"; " not an unmixed blessing"
  12. not elaborate or elaborated; simple; " plain food"; " stuck to the plain facts"; " a plain blue suit"; " a plain rectangular brick building"
  13. To lament; to bewail; to complain.
  14. To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.
  15. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
  16. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
  17. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable.
  18. Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.
  19. Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common.
  20. Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank.
  21. Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food.
  22. Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman.
  23. Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin.
  24. Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune.
  25. In a plain manner; plainly.
  26. 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.
  27. A field of battle.
  28. To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
  29. To make plain or manifest; to explain.
  30. Clearly.
  31. 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.
  32. Level land; any flat expanse.
  33. Plainly.
  34. Plainness.
  35. A more or less smooth and level area.
  36. Even: flat: level: smooth: simple: homely: artless: sincere: evident: mere: not colored or figured.
  37. Plain level land: any flat expanse: an open field.
  38. Honestly: distinctly.
  39. Level land.
  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. Not obscurely; artlessly.
  46. Level land or open field.
  47. Without ornament or embellishment; homely; artless; frank; sincere; candid; easily understood; not difficult; clear; not luxurious, as in food; smooth, level, or flat.
  48. Not obscurely; distinctly.
  49. 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.

Usage examples for plain

  1. The story at bottom is very plain. – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.) by Jacob Bryant
  2. This does not mean that a friend should always be what is called plain- spoken. – Friendship by Hugh Black
  3. My duty is plain- I must go with Lucy. – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  4. The plain people are better off than they have ever been before. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  5. Now let me be sure I make myself plain. – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  6. Then they'll not believe him- they'll believe you a deal sooner than him that way; but you must be plain about this, Brady, that they were talking about Ussher that night- d'ye hear? – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
  7. Can't we be plain with one another? – The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume
  8. But it's plain as day, man! – They Call Me Carpenter by Upton Sinclair
  9. That was plain to be seen. – Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  10. The plain- clothes men returned almost at once. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  11. I made the point as plain as I have made it now? – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  12. It was plain that he had forgotten us. – On the Future of our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche
  13. " Mistress Margaret," she said, " I have been thinking a great deal; and it seems very plain when you talk. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  14. And in this case my duty is plain. – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  15. That had been plain to her for some time. – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  16. That he had some bad news to report was plain to all of us. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  17. " It is plain to see that the husband wants to get rid of his wife," she said after a while. – The Privet Hedge by J. E. Buckrose
  18. One thing was plain. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  19. Then, hastening across the plain with their rich prize, they soon reached the Grecian camp, where Nestor and the other chiefs joyfully welcomed them. – The Story of Troy by Michael Clarke
  20. She had made it quite plain that on her side she wanted frankness. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason