- Old Poet. lamentation; lament
- a complaint or grievance
Origin of plaintMiddle English plainte from Old French from Classical Latin planctus, lamentation, loud banging from past participle of plangere, to beat the breast, lament from Indo-European base an unverified form plag-, to strike from source flaw, Classical Greek pl?ssein, to strike
- A complaint.
- An utterance of grief or sorrow; a lamentation.
Origin of plaintMiddle English from Old French plainte from Latin plānctus lament from past participle of plangere to strike one's breast, lament ; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.
Middle English plainte, from Anglo-Norman plainte (“lamentation"), plaint (“lament"), and Old French pleinte (“lamentation"), pleint (“lament") (modern French plainte), from Medieval Latin plancta (“plaint"), Latin planctus (“a beating of the breast in lamentation, beating, lamentation"), from Latin plangere (“to beat the breast, lament"); see plain.