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pronunciation:
pleIn
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb, noun
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: plainer, plainest
definition 1: easily perceived by the eye or ear; clear; unobstructed.
We have a plain view of the lake from our window.
synonyms:
apparent, clear, clear-cut, distinct, evident, manifest, obvious, unobstructed, visible
antonyms:
obscure, unclear
similar words:
broad, conspicuous, discernible, noticeable, perceivable, perceptible, unconcealed, unmistakable
definition 2: clearly perceivable or understandable; distinctly evident.
It was plain to all of us that she was very upset.He didn't express it in words, but his meaning was quite plain.
synonyms:
apparent, clear, distinct, evident, manifest, obvious, unmistakable, visible
antonyms:
abstruse, unapparent, unclear
similar words:
broad, clear-cut, comprehensible, discernible, explicit, intelligible, ostensive, palpable, perceptible, straightforward, understandable
definition 3: not complicated or elaborate; without extra additions; simple.
How can you eat plain toast?Her sister's wedding dress had had a great deal of lace and decoration, but hers was simple and plain.
synonyms:
bare, simple, stark, unadorned, unembellished
antonyms:
elaborate, fancy, florid, flowery, gaudy, high-flown, ornate, sumptuous
similar words:
austere, bald, chaste, commonplace, homely, homespun, literal, modest, naked, ordinary, primitive, sober, uncomplicated, unostentatious, unpretentious, unsophisticated, unvarnished
definition 4: sincere and open; frank.
Let me be plain with you.
synonyms:
frank, genuine, ingenuous, open, plain-spoken, sincere, straightforward
similar words:
candid, direct, explicit, forthright, guileless, homely, matter-of-fact, outspoken
definition 5: not attractive or striking in appearance.
Her face was rather plain without makeup.
synonyms:
homely
antonyms:
attractive, handsome, pretty, showy
similar words:
ill-favored, mousy, unattractive
definition 6: sheer; utter.
What you just said is plain nonsense!They're making their choice out of plain ignorance.That is nothing but a plain lie!
synonyms:
arrant, categorical, downright, flat-out, out-and-out, outright, patent, plumb, unmitigated, utter
similar words:
absolute, blatant, complete, palpable, sheer, thoroughgoing, total
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part of speech: adverb
definition: simply; undeniably.
He's plain wrong about that.That idea is just plain stupid.
synonyms:
clearly, flat, incontestable, indisputable, simply, undeniably, unquestionably
similar words:
certainly, definitely, distinctly, doubtless, doubtlessly, flat-out, positively, surely
 
part of speech: noun
definition: (sometimes pl.) a large, flat, treeless area of land.
Buffalo roamed the western plains.
synonyms:
champaign, flatland, prairie
similar words:
grassland, llano, lowland, moor, pampas, steppe, tableland, tundra
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derivations: plainly (adv.), plainness (n.)
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word plane? Plain and plane sound alike but have different meanings.
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some animals that live on plains
some kinds of plains
some plants that live on plains