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"

Related terms: obvious
2. [ adjective ] free from pomp or affectation
Synonyms: simple modest

"comfortable but modest cottages" "a simple rectangular brick building" "a simple man with simple tastes"

Related terms: unpretentious
3. [ adjective ] lacking embellishment or ornamentation
Synonyms: unornamented unembellished

"a plain hair style" "unembellished white walls" "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"

Related terms: unadorned
4. [ noun ] (geography) extensive tract of level open land
Synonyms: field champaign

"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"

Related terms: pure
7. [ adjective ] free from any effort to soften to disguise
Synonyms: unvarnished

"the plain and unvarnished truth" "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"

Related terms: direct
8. [ adjective ] lacking patterns especially in color
Synonyms: unpatterned
Related terms: patterned solid
9. [ adjective ] lacking in physical beauty or proportion
Synonyms: homely

"a homely child" "several of the buildings were downright homely" "a plain girl with a freckled face"

Related terms: unattractive
10. [ adjective ] lacking stylistic embellishment
Synonyms: unembellished literal

"a literal description" "wrote good but plain prose" "a plain unadorned account of the coronation" "a forthright unembellished style"

Related terms: unrhetorical
11. [ adjective ] comprehensible to the general public
Synonyms: popular

"written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"

Related terms: general
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
Similar spelling:   pliny