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EtymologyEdit

From Old French plain, from Latin plānum (level ground, a plain), from Proto-Indo-European *pleh₂- (flat). Its use for "square" is an innovation, replacing Middle Dutch plaetse in standard language (compare dialectal plaats). Compare English plain, plane, Portuguese chão, Spanish llano.

PronunciationEdit

  • Rhymes: -ɛi̯n
  • (file)

NounEdit

plein n (plural pleinen, diminutive pleintje n)

  1. square, plaza
    Het plein van ons dorp werd onlangs heraangelegd met nieuwe bloemenperken.
    The square in our village was recently redone with new flowerbeds.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French plein, from Latin plēnus, from Proto-Italic *plēnos, from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós (full). Compare Catalan ple, Esperanto plena, Ido plena, Italian pieno, Portuguese cheio, Romanian plin, Sardinian prenu, Spanish lleno, English plene.

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AdjectiveEdit

plein (feminine singular pleine, masculine plural pleins, feminine plural pleines)

  1. full, full up
    La voiture est pleine.The car is full.
    C'est plein de légendes.It's full of stories
  2. plenty
    Il y a plein de choses à faire.There are plenty of things to do.
  3. solid
  4. (of a moon) full
  5. (preceded by en) mid-; middle
    en plein match(right) in the middle of a match
    en plein concertmid-concert
    en plein essoron the rise
    en pleine attaquemid-attack
  6. (of an animal) pregnant

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PrepositionEdit

plein

  1. (somewhat colloquial) in; all over
    Avoir du vin plein sa cave.
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    Avoir de l’argent plein ses poches.
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Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin plēnus.

AdjectiveEdit

plein m (oblique and nominative feminine singular pleine)

  1. full (at capacity with respect to space)

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RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Puter, Vallader) plain
  • (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) plagn

EtymologyEdit

From Latin plēnus.

AdjectiveEdit

plein m (feminine singular pleina, masculine plural pleins, feminine plural pleinas)

  1. (Sursilvan) full