|1.||[ adjective ] clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses|
|Synonyms:||evident apparent patent manifest|
"the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields" "evident hostility" "manifest disapproval" "patent advantages" "made his meaning plain" "in plain view"
|2.||[ adjective ] free from pomp or affectation|
"comfortable but modest cottages" "a simple rectangular brick building" "a simple man with simple tastes"
|3.||[ adjective ] lacking embellishment or ornamentation|
"a plain hair style" "unembellished white walls" "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
|4.||[ noun ] (geography) extensive tract of level open land|
"they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain" "he longed for the fields of his youth"
|Related terms:||land flat steppe llano snowfield moor tundra nullarbor_plain flood_plain peneplain Olympia|
|5.||[ adjective ] not elaborate or elaborated; simple|
"plain food" "stuck to the plain facts" "a plain blue suit" "a plain rectangular brick building"
|Related terms:||fancy bare tailored austere homely literal featureless inelaborate chaste simple dry dry simple unpretentious unrhetorical simple unadorned|
|6.||[ adjective ] not mixed with extraneous elements|
|Synonyms:||sheer unmixed unmingled|
"plain water" "sheer wine" "not an unmixed blessing"
|7.||[ adjective ] free from any effort to soften to disguise|
"the plain and unvarnished truth" "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
|8.||[ adjective ] lacking patterns especially in color|
|Related terms:||patterned solid|
|9.||[ adjective ] lacking in physical beauty or proportion|
"a homely child" "several of the buildings were downright homely" "a plain girl with a freckled face"
|10.||[ adjective ] lacking stylistic embellishment|
"a literal description" "wrote good but plain prose" "a plain unadorned account of the coronation" "a forthright unembellished style"
|11.||[ adjective ] comprehensible to the general public|
"written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
|12.||[ verb ] express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness|
|Synonyms:||complain quetch sound_off kvetch kick|
"My mother complains all day" "She has a lot to kick about"
|Related terms:||cheer protest murmur grouch nag rail deplore report gripe bleat backbite whine repine gripe complaint|
|13.||[ adverb ] unmistakably|
|Synonyms:||obviously evidently plainly manifestly apparently patently|
"the answer is obviously wrong" "she was in bed and evidently in great pain" "it is all patently nonsense" "she has apparently been living here for some time" "I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"
|Related terms:||colloquialism obvious apparent apparent apparent apparent apparent obvious apparent|
|14.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 16401|
|15.||[ noun ] a basic knitting stitch|
|Synonyms:||knit_stitch plain_stitch knit|
|Related terms:||knitting_stitch knit|