from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Plan.
  • adj. Full; complete.
  • v. To complain. See plain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full; perfect.


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  • Conversations with artists and online forums at art Web sites indicate considerable disagreement and even instances of one painter accusing another of cheating using the term plein air.

    Daniel Grant: Debate: Must 'Plein Air' Be Defined?

  • Then, he stayed up all night in his hotel room, completing paintings that he called plein air.

    Daniel Grant: Debate: Must 'Plein Air' Be Defined?

  • Braise, by the way, is in "plein forme" or great shape.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Although he is known as a plein air painter (and rightfully so-he probably has thousands under his belt by now) he uses his studio in just this way, taking his studies and experiences he's gained on site and using them as jumping off points for his larger more fully developed work.


  • "I wish I had that deal," said Scott Shields, chief curator of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, which has been buying works in the genre also known as plein-air painting.


  • I would only echo the comments above and say I admire your approach to this kind of plein air session, both in your choice of set-up and the way you handle various onlookers' questions.

    Dalleo’s Deli

  • By mid-morning Twitter was abuzz with the fact that the beloved cookbook author and blogger was in town -- en plein air -- passing out french vanilla sables.

    Danika Boyle: Sparks From the Culinary Edge

  • He had a natural flair for landscapes, which he preferred to paint "en plein air," or outdoors among the elements.

    A Local Life: Ross Merrill, 67: Painter and National Gallery's chief of conservation

  • You'd think there would be more plein air painters in New York, but you don't find too many.

    Daniel Grant: The Hectic Life of the Courtroom Artist

  • By the middle of the 19th century, companies including Reeves and Winsor & Newton would sell you charming little boxes primed with six essential shades, exactly the kind of thing that the young Queen Victoria was rumoured to take with her when she ventured en plein air.

    Watercolour at Tate Britain - review


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