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1. plain

adjective. ['ˈpleɪn'] clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment.

Synonyms

  • unmistakable
  • evident
  • obvious
  • manifest
  • apparent

Antonyms

  • indirect discourse
  • check out
  • check in
  • punch in

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)

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Words that Rhyme with Plain

  • st_germain
  • legerdemain
  • st_germaine
  • preordain
  • lamontagne
  • lafountaine
  • lafountain
  • inhumane
  • constrain
  • restrain
  • overtrain
  • mcswain
  • aquitaine
  • ukraine
  • tremaine
  • sylvain
  • sustain
  • spokane
  • sartain
  • retrain
  • refrain
  • profane
  • partain
  • mustain
  • mundane
  • mcwain
  • mcshane
  • mcquain
  • mclean
  • mclane

Example sentences of the word plain


1. Noun, singular or mass
Turn a plain and ordinary shirt into a fashionable top with just a simple change of neckline.

2. Verb, base form
They're also just plain fun to purchase for one's own enjoyment.

3. Adjective
Another option is to glue the hologram paper onto a thick sheet of plain paper.

4. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
If the bubbly tingle is what you love, try plain seltzer water or sparkling mineral water.

5. Adverb
Or, just leave it plain.

Quotes containing the word plain


1. A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.
- Roy Lichtenstein

3. Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!
- J.R.R. Tolkien

2. plain

adjective. ['ˈpleɪn'] not elaborate or elaborated; simple.

Synonyms

  • literal
  • unelaborate
  • unadorned
  • unpretentious
  • featureless
  • simple
  • unrhetorical
  • severe
  • dry
  • tailored
  • undecorated
  • chaste
  • mere
  • trim
  • stern
  • bare
  • homely
  • stark
  • austere
  • vanilla

Antonyms

  • fancy
  • pretentious
  • complex
  • rhetorical

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)

3. plain

adjective. ['ˈpleɪn'] lacking patterns especially in color.

Synonyms

  • solid-coloured
  • solid-colored

Antonyms

  • clock in
  • stay in place
  • false

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)

4. plain

noun. ['ˈpleɪn'] extensive tract of level open land.

Synonyms

  • moorland
  • tundra
  • ground
  • peneplane
  • field
  • flat
  • solid ground
  • earth
  • flood plain
  • land
  • peneplain
  • dry land
  • steppe
  • champaign
  • moor
  • floodplain
  • llano
  • snowfield

Antonyms

  • indulgent
  • good
  • dryness
  • wet

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)

5. plain

adjective. ['ˈpleɪn'] free from any effort to soften to disguise.

Synonyms

  • direct

Antonyms

  • survive
  • direct discourse

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)

6. plain

adjective. ['ˈpleɪn'] lacking embellishment or ornamentation.

Synonyms

  • undecorated
  • spare
  • bare
  • unadorned
  • unembellished

Antonyms

  • reassure
  • walk
  • whisper
  • praise

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)

7. plain

adjective. ['ˈpleɪn'] not mixed with extraneous elements.

Synonyms

  • unmixed
  • pure
  • sheer

Antonyms

  • inexact
  • figurative
  • clothed
  • tasteless

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)

8. plain

adverb. ['ˈpleɪn'] unmistakably (plain' is often used informally forplainly').

Synonyms

  • manifestly
  • patently
  • plainly
  • apparently
  • obviously

Antonyms

  • compound
  • rough
  • difficult
  • simplicity

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)

9. plain

noun. ['ˈpleɪn'] a basic knitting stitch.

Synonyms

  • knitting stitch
  • knit stitch
  • knit

Antonyms

  • precocious
  • formal
  • noncritical
  • mild

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)

10. plain

adjective. ['ˈpleɪn'] lacking in physical beauty or proportion.

Synonyms

  • homely

Antonyms

  • unbend
  • be born

Etymology

  • plain (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • planum (Latin)
  • plainer (Anglo-Norman)
  • pleyn (English)
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