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1    flat or smooth; level  
2    not complicated; clear  
the plain truth     
3    not difficult; simple or easy  
a plain task     
4    honest or straightforward  
5    lowly, esp. in social rank or education  
6    without adornment or show  
a plain coat     
7    (of fabric) without pattern or of simple untwilled weave  
8    not attractive  
9    not mixed; simple  
plain vodka     
10      (Knitting)   of or done in plain  
11    a level or almost level tract of country, esp. an extensive treeless region  
12    a simple stitch in knitting made by putting the right needle into a loop on the left needle, passing the wool round the right needle, and pulling it through the loop, thus forming a new loop  
13      (in billiards)  
a    the unmarked white ball, as distinguished from the spot balls  
b    the player using this ball  
14       (in Ireland) short for       plain porter   a light porter   a light porter  
two pints of plain, please     
15    (intensifier)  
just plain tired        (See also)        plains  
     (C13: from Old French: simple, from Latin planus level, distinct, clear)  
  plainly      adv  
  plainness      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
plain          [2]  
      vb      a dialect or poetic word for       complain  
     (C14 pleignen, from Old French plaindre to lament, from Latin plangere to beat)  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    apparent, bold, clear, comprehensible, distinct, evident, legible, lucid, manifest, obvious, overt, patent, transparent, unambiguous, understandable, unmistakable, visible  
2    artless, blunt, candid, direct, downright, forthright, frank, guileless, honest, ingenuous, open, outspoken, round, sincere, straightforward, upfront     (informal)  
3    common, commonplace, everyday, frugal, homely, lowly, modest, ordinary, simple, unaffected, unpretentious, workaday  
4    austere, bare, basic, discreet, modest, muted, pure, restrained, severe, simple, Spartan, stark, unadorned, unembellished, unfussy, unornamented, unpatterned, unvarnished  
5    ill-favoured, no oil painting     (informal)   not beautiful, not striking, ordinary, ugly, unalluring, unattractive, unlovely, unprepossessing  
6    even, flat, level, plane, smooth  
7    flatland, grassland, llano, lowland, mesa, open country, pampas, plateau, prairie, steppe, tableland, veld  
1    ambiguous, complex, concealed, deceptive, difficult, disguised, hidden, illegible, incomprehensible, inconspicuous, indiscernible, indistinct, obscure, vague, veiled  
2    circuitous, indirect, meandering, rambling, roundabout  
3    affected, distinguished, egotistic, ostentatious, pretentious, sophisticated, worldly  
4    adorned, decorated, fancy, ornate  
5    attractive, beautiful, comely, good-looking, gorgeous, handsome  
6    bumpy, not level, uneven  

blunt, candid, direct, downright, explicit, forthright, frank, open, outright, outspoken, straightforward, unequivocal, upfront     (informal)  
   diplomatic, discreet, evasive, guarded, indirect, reticent, subtle, tactful, thoughtful  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

plain vanilla adj.
basic, standard, with no special features

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a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing or tents
also known as "cotton duck" or "duck canvas"
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