The definition of plain is clearly understood, obvious, simple or not complicated.
An example of plain is using basic language to describe something. An example of plain is unflavored yogurt. An example of plain is a woman without make-up.
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comparative plainer, superlative plainest) (now rare, regional) Flat, level. [from 14th c.] Simple. Ordinary; lacking adornment or ornamentation; unembellished. [from 14th c.] He was dressed simply in plain black clothes. a plain tune Of just one colour; lacking a pattern. a plain pink polycotton skirt Simple in habits or qualities; unsophisticated, not exceptional, ordinary. [from 16th c.] They're just plain people like you or me. (of food) Having only few ingredients, or no additional ingredients or seasonings; not elaborate, without toppings or extras. [from 17th c.] Would you like a poppy bagel or a plain bagel? (computing) Containing no extended or nonprinting characters (especially in plain text). [from 20th c.] Obvious. Evident to one's senses or reason; manifest, clear, unmistakable. [from 14th c.] Downright; total, unmistakable (as intensifier). [from 14th c.] His answer was just plain nonsense. Open. Honest and without deception; candid, open; blunt. [from 14th c.] Let me be plain with you: I don't like her. Clear; unencumbered; equal; fair. Not unusually beautiful; unattractive. [from 17th c.] Throughout high school she worried that she had a rather plain face.
not comparable) (colloquial) Simply It was just plain stupid. I plain forgot. Origin
Anglo-Norman pleyn, playn, Middle French plain, plein, from Latin plÄnus (“flat, even, level, plain").
plural plains) (rare, poetic) A lamentation. Verb
third-person singular simple present plains, present participle plaining, simple past and past participle plained) (intransitive, now rare, poetic) To lament, bewail. to plain a loss Origin
Anglo-Norman plainer, pleiner, variant of Anglo-Norman and Old French pleindre, plaindre, from Latin plangere, present active infinitive of plangÅ.
plural plains) An expanse of land with relatively low relief. A battlefield.
third-person singular simple present plains, present participle plaining, simple past and past participle plained) (obsolete) To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface. (obsolete) To make plain or manifest; to explain. Origin
From Old French
plain, from Latin plÄnum (“level ground, a plain"), neuter substantive from plÄnus (“level, even, flat").