French translation of 'plain'
1. (= clear) clair(e)
it is plain that ... il est clair que ...
to make it plain to sb that ... faire clairement comprendre à qn que ...
He made it plain to her that her job was under threat. Il lui a fait clairement comprendre que son emploi était menacé.
2. (= simple) simple
a plain dress une robe simple
I enjoy good plain food. J’apprécie une nourriture simple et saine.
3. (= in one colour) uni(e)
a plain carpet un tapis uni
a plain white blouse un chemisier blanc uni
a plain envelope une enveloppe ordinaire
4. (= frank) [answer] franc (franche)
Let me be plain with you. Je serai franc avec vous.
5. (= ordinary looking) quelconque
a shy, rather plain girl with pigtails une fille timide, plutôt quelconque, portant des couettes
6. [cigarette] sans filtre
The food was just plain terrible. La nourriture était tout bonnement infecte.
to be plain wrong [thing] être complètement faux; [person] avoir tout à fait tort
1. (= prairie) plaine f
2. (in knitting) point m mousse
one plain, one purl une maille à l’endroit, une maille à l’envers
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Example Sentences Including 'plain'
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It would be another blow to tobacco companies, which had to introduce plain packaging in May and face annual tax increases under the tobacco duty escalator.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Pin and stitch one half width to outside edge of each full width with plain flat seams.Collins Complete Books of Soft Furnishings (1993)
These heading tapes look marvellous combined with sheer and plain fabrics.Collins Complete Books of Soft Furnishings (1993)
Cue the sound of disappointment at the prospect of writing solely about her rather plain white walls.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Team with a plain white tee and some chic heels for a timeless outfit.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The film makes plain all kinds of details we may have missed or forgotten.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
They should go back to having auditions just as plain as they used to be.The Sun (2011)
But much of it is plain wrong and it's time to end a few myths.The Sun (2016)
But their import was plain enough.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
I want to make things plain and clear.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Last season was far from plain sailing.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Ask him to choose between blue plaid or plain white for a casual shirt: no chance.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Call it what you like, the colour of the season is plain old grey.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Is it possible to get plain food in restaurants?Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Odd earrings add an instant hint of quirk to a plain white shirt.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Others report that some online fitness regimes are just plain silly.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Stick with a plain colour on top and keep shoes neutral.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
As the anatomical drawing that greets visitors to this show makes plain, light linked directly to the soul.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
In fact, the plains game are pretty low in numbers.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Not that it will be plain sailing from here on.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
Or it might just be plain stupidity.The Sun (2015)
She was medium build and plain looking.The Sun (2010)
Sometimes they'll just plain rip us off.The Sun (2017)
The government had been in favour of plain packaging as a way of discouraging smoking.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
They also argue that plain packaging would allow health warnings and pictures to be increased in size.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
They are posted out in plain envelopes.The Sun (2014)
This is just criminality plain and simple.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
We had talked about marriage before and how we would want to keep it plain and simple.The Sun (2016)
Flood plain land is to be avoided.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
The plain fact is that such cuts would be no such thing.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Yet it is not going to be plain sailing in the coming months.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
The top of a more resistant flow might make an extensive plain, and then its successor would comprise the next flat area, perhaps half as wide.THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)
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'plain' in Other Languages
British English: plain /pleɪn/ ADJECTIVE
A plain object, surface, or fabric is entirely in one colour and has no pattern, design, or writing on it.
A plain carpet makes a room look bigger.
- American English: plain
- Arabic: بَسِيط
- Brazilian Portuguese: plano
- Chinese: 简单的
- Croatian: običan
- Czech: nezdobený
- Danish: ensartet
- Dutch: effen
- European Spanish: sencillo
- Finnish: tasainen
- French: simple pas compliqué
- German: schlicht
- Greek: απέριττος
- Italian: semplice
- Japanese: 平坦な
- Korean: 평평한
- Norwegian: jevn
- Polish: gładki
- European Portuguese: plano
- Romanian: uni
- Russian: плоский
- Spanish: sencillo
- Swedish: enkel okonstlad
- Thai: ราบเรียบ
- Turkish: düz desensiz, süssüz
- Ukrainian: простий
- Vietnamese: bằng phẳng
British English: plain /pleɪn/ NOUN
A plain is a large, flat area of land with very few trees on it.
Once there were 70 million buffalo on the plains.
- American English: plain
- Arabic: سَهْل
- Brazilian Portuguese: planície
- Chinese: 平原
- Croatian: ravnica
- Czech: pláň
- Danish: slette
- Dutch: vlakte
- European Spanish: llanura
- Finnish: tasanko
- French: plaine
- German: Ebene
- Greek: πεδιάδα
- Italian: pianura
- Japanese: 平原
- Korean: 평야
- Norwegian: slette
- Polish: równina
- European Portuguese: planície
- Romanian: câmpie
- Russian: равнина
- Spanish: llanura
- Swedish: rätstickning
- Thai: ที่ราบ
- Turkish: ova
- Ukrainian: рівнина
- Vietnamese: đồng bằng
Translation of plain from the Collins English to French Dictionary