Plain meaning

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Having no visible elevation or depression; flat; level.
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Clearly understood; evident; obvious.

To make one's meaning plain.

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Clearly; simply.

Plain stubborn.

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Flat; level; plane.
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Free from obstructions; open; clear.

In plain view.

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Not complicated; simple.

Plain sewing.

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Neither good-looking nor ugly.

A well-dressed woman with a rather plain face.

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Not figured, dyed, or twilled.

Plain cloth.

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Pure; unmixed.

Plain soda.

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Not of high rank or position; such as characterizes the common people; ordinary.

A plain man.

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Not mixed with other substances; pure.

Plain water.

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Something free of ornamentation or extraneous matter.
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Not luxurious or ornate; unembellished.

A plain coat.

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An extent of relatively level country with few trees; prairie, steppe, etc.
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Clearly or simply.

Just plain tired.

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Free from obstructions; open; clear.

In plain view.

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Obvious to the perception or mind; evident.

Make one's intention plain.

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Not dyed, twilled, or patterned.

A plain fabric.

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To complain.
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An extensive, relatively level area of land. Plains are present on all continents except Antarctica and are most often located in the interior regions. Because they can occur at almost any altitude or latitude, plains can be humid and forested, semiarid and grass-covered, or arid.
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A broad, level expanse, such as an area of the sea floor or a lunar mare.
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(now rare, regional) Flat, level. [from 14th c.]
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  • 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.].
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  • 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.
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Not unusually beautiful; unattractive. [from 17th c.]

Throughout high school she worried that she had a rather plain face.

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(colloquial) Simply.

It was just plain stupid.

I plain forgot.

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(rare, poetic) A lamentation.
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(intransitive, now rare, poetic) To lament, bewail.

To plain a loss.

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An expanse of land with relatively low relief.
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(obsolete) To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
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(obsolete) To make plain or manifest; to explain.
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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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Sheer; utter; unqualified.

Plain stupidity.

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Common in rank or station; average; ordinary.

A plain man.

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Origin of plain

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin plānus pelə-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman plainer, pleiner, variant of Anglo-Norman and Old French pleindre, plaindre, from Latin plangere, present active infinitive of plangō.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Anglo-Norman pleyn, playn, Middle French plain, plein, from Latin plānus (“flat, even, level, plain").
    From Wiktionary
  • From Old French plain, from Latin plānum (“level ground, a plain"), neuter substantive from plānus (“level, even, flat").
    From Wiktionary