from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A full or completely adequate amount or supply.
  • noun A large quantity or amount; an abundance.
  • noun A condition of general abundance or prosperity.
  • adjective Plentiful; abundant.
  • adverb Sufficiently; very.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Fullness; abundance; copiousness; a full or adequate supply; sufficiency.
  • noun Abundance of things necessary for man; the state in which enough is had and enjoyed.
  • noun A time of abundance; an era of plenty.
  • Being in abundance; plentiful: an elliptical use of the noun, now chiefly colloquial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Full or adequate supply; enough and to spare; sufficiency; specifically, abundant productiveness of the earth; ample supply for human wants; abundance; copiousness.
  • adjective Obs. or Colloq. Plentiful; abundant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A more than adequate amount.
  • pronoun A sufficient quantity. More than enough.
  • adverb Sufficiently or very.
  • adjective obsolete plentiful.

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

  • noun a full supply
  • adverb as much as necessary
  • noun (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent


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

[Middle English, from Old French plente, from Latin plēnitās, from plēnus, full; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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).


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