American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A full or completely adequate amount or supply: plenty of time.
- n. A large quantity or amount; an abundance: "Awards and honors came to her in plenty” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
- n. A condition of general abundance or prosperity: "fruitful regions gladdened by plenty and lulled by peace!” ( Samuel Johnson).
- adj. Plentiful; abundant: "Ships were then not so plenty in those waters as now” ( Herman Melville).
- adv. Informal Sufficiently; very: It's plenty hot.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fullness; abundance; copiousness; a full or adequate supply; sufficiency.
- n. Abundance of things necessary for man; the state in which enough is had and enjoyed.
- n. A time of abundance; an era of plenty.
- Being in abundance; plentiful: an elliptical use of the noun, now chiefly colloquial.
- n. A more than adequate amount.
- pro. A sufficient quantity. More than enough.
- adv. Sufficiently or very.
- adj. obsolete plentiful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Full or adequate supply; enough and to spare; sufficiency; specifically, abundant productiveness of the earth; ample supply for human wants; abundance; copiousness.
- adj. Obs. or Colloq. Plentiful; abundant.
- n. a full supply
- adv. as much as necessary
- n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
- From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman plenté, from Old French plenté, from Latin plenitatem, accusative of plenitas ("fullness"), from plenus ("complete, full"), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós (“full”) (English full, via Proto-Germanic). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French plente, from Latin plēnitās, from plēnus, full; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But," he adds, "no man who can have a piece of land of his own sufficient by his labour to subsist his family in plenty is poor enough to be a manufacturer and work for his master while there is land enough in America for our people there can never be manufacturers to any amount or value.”
“My husband was discussing the advantages when we were on board the steamer coming from Suez, and they are, first, that, with Abyssinia friendly, the left flank of an advancing army would be absolutely safe as far as Kassala, while water in plenty is to be found along the whole road.”
“Fanny wondered what she called plenty of room, but had yet to learn the signification of the term when applied to the dressing-room of a western party.”
“Alas! it is not the body and the mass of those things which we call plenty, that can speak comfort, when the wrath of God shall blast and dispirit them with a curse.”
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“The Food and Drug Administration approved a seasonal flu vaccine on Monday, in plenty of time to protect people against the three standard flu strains expected to spread this fall.”
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“I'm sure many of you are great wild game chefs, specializing in plenty of dishes.”
“But new line coach Rod Marinelli should get plenty from a group headlined by tackle Tommie Harris, whose play has not been as dominant lately.”
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