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  Definition of plain
  1. a basic knitting stitch
  2. extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"
  3. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"
  4. lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
  5. lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"
  6. free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
  7. comprehensible to the general public; "written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
  8. clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses; "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reac
  9. lacking patterns especially in color
  10. not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
  11. not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
  12. lacking stylistic embellishment; "a literal description"; "wrote good but plain prose"; "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; "a forthright unembellished style"
  13. unmistakably (`plain'' is often used informally for `plainly''); "the answer is obviously wrong"; "she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; "he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; "it is all patently nonsense"; "she has apparent
Similar Words: knit, knit stitch, plain stitch, field, champaign, complain, kick, sound off, quetch, kvetch, unembellished, unornamented, homely, unvarnished, popular, apparent, evident, manifest, patent, unpatterned, sheer, unmingled, unmixed, literal, obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plainly

 

See Also: simple, unadorned, undecorated, unrhetorical, unpretentious

 

Hyponyms: Olympia, Nullarbor Plain, flat, floodplain, flood plain, llano, moor, moorland, peneplain, peneplane, snowfield, steppe, tundra, nag, peck, hen-peck, backbite, bitch, whine, grizzle, yammer, yawp, murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, gnarl, grouch, scold, protest, repine, gripe, grouse, crab, beef, squawk, bellyache, holler, rail, inveigh, deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan, report, bleat

 

Pertainyms: apparent, evident, manifest, patent, obvious

 

Derivational Morphology: knit, gripe, kick, beef, bitch, squawk, complaint, whiner, complainer, moaner, sniveller, crybaby, bellyacher, grumbler, squawker

 

Anagrams: lapin

 

Language Translations:
Chinese:   Dutch: eenvoudig  
Finnish: selvä   French: simple  
German: schlicht   Hungarian: egyszerű  
Italian: semplice   Japanese: 質素な  
Korean: 소박한   Portuguese: simples  
Russian: простой   Spanish: sencillo  
Swedish: vanlig  
 
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