Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Abundant; copious.
  • adj. Producing or yielding in abundance. See Synonyms at plentiful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In plenty; abundant.
  • adj. Having plenty; abounding; rich.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing plenty; abundant; copious; plentiful; sufficient for every purpose.
  • adj. Yielding abundance; productive; fruitful.
  • adj. Having plenty; abounding; rich.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abundant; copious; full; plentiful; wholly sufficient for every purpose or need: as, a plenteous supply of provisions.
  • Yielding abundance; fruitful; productive.
  • Bountifully or abundantly supplied; well provided for; rich; characterized by plenty: formerly sometimes followed by of before the thing that abounds or is plentiful: as, plenteous in grace; plenteous of good fish.
  • Bounteous or bountiful in giving; generous; open-handed.
  • Synonyms Copious, etc. See ample.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affording an abundant supply

Etymologies

Middle English, alteration of plentivous, from Old French plentiveus, from plentif, from plente, plenty; see plenty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, circa 1300, from Old French plentiveus ("fertile, rich") (early 13th century), from plentif ("abundant"), from plenté ("abundance") (Modern French pleinté, English plenty), from Latin plenitatem, accusative of plenitas ("fullness"), from plenus ("complete, full"), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós (“full”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We deem also that every time when she came to us our increase became more plenteous, which is well seen by this, that since she hath ceased to come, the seasons have been niggard unto us. "

    The Well at the World's End: a tale

  • Had a nice British breakfast, bought a copy of The Daily Sun, paid £2 for 20 minutes of internet service and boarded at 11: 00 a.m. Routine ten-hour flight with plenteous and decent food.

    Real Life : Bev Vincent

  • If Dave and his bros wanted to sell meth to the entitled youth of this plenteous resort town, so be it.

    Sunshine Loop

  • The empress had open roads and plenteous wagons to keep her supplied.

    A River So Long

  • At supper in Owain's hall there was good food and plenteous mead and ale, and harp music of the best.

    His Disposition

  • If a plenteous new food source in the form of village rubbish dumps enters the world of wolves, that is going to shift the optimum point towards the shorter end of the flight distance continuum, in the direction of reluctance to flee when enjoying this new bounty.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • Evergreens stand out so much more in the winter, their plenteous boughs preserving the essence of Christmas trees throughout the bleakness of winter months.

    The Tree God Knows

  • Yes, to me Our Lord has always been: “compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and plenteous in mercy.” cf.

    Flowers and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

  • Micah 6:8 Has there ever been a more lyrical expression of God's mercy than that of the Psalmist: The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy/He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

    Quote of the Day (Sherry)

  • And on a day went Grimhild to Giuki the king, and cast her arms about his neck, and spake — “Behold, there has now come to us the greatest of great hearts that the world holds; and needs must he be trusty and of great avail; give him thy daughter then, with plenteous wealth, and as much of rule as he will; perchance thereby he will be well content to abide here ever.”

    The Story of the Volsungs

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  • If he be vanquished,
    Or make his peace, Egypt is doomed to be
    A Roman province; and our plenteous harvests
    Must then redeem the scarceness of their soil.

    - John Dryden, 'All for Love'.

    September 20, 2009

  • Ooh! Rhymes for my Yom Kippur limerick! But where is the Humbaba lurking?

    January 25, 2009

  • "Hammurabi, the prince, called of Bel am I, making riches and increase, enriching Nippur and Dur-ilu beyond compare, sublime patron of E-kur; who reestablished Eridu and purified the worship of E-apsu; who conquered the four quarters of the world, made great the name of Babylon, rejoiced the heart of Marduk, his lord who daily pays his devotions in Saggil; the royal scion whom Sin made; who enriched Ur; the humble, the reverent, who brings wealth to Gish-shir-gal; the white king, heard of Shamash, the mighty, who again laid the foundations of Sippara; who clothed the gravestones of Malkat with green; who made E-babbar great, which is like the heavens, the warrior who guarded Larsa and renewed E-babbar, with Shamash as his helper; the lord who granted new life to Uruk, who brought plenteous water to its inhabitants, raised the head of E-anna, and perfected the beauty of Anu and Nana; ..."
    - (preface to) 'Hammurabi's Code of Laws', translated by L. W. King.

    January 25, 2009