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Etymology

From Middle English, from Template:Xno {{ Template:Fro/script |[[plenté#Template:Fro|plenté]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, from Template:Fro {{ Template:Fro/script |[[plenté#Template:Fro|plenté]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, from [[plenitatem#|plenitatem]], accusative of [[plenitas#|plenitas]] (fullness), from [[plenus#|plenus]] (complete, full), from Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*pl̥h₁nós||full}} (English [[full#|full]], via Proto-Germanic). Related from Latin to [[complete#|complete]], [[deplete#|deplete]], [[replete#|replete]].

Pronunciation

Noun

Plenty (plural [[~plenties#|~plenties]])
  1. A more than adequate amount.
    We are lucky to live in a land of peace and plenty.
    • 1798, Thomas Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population:
      During this season of distress, the discouragements to marriage, and the difficulty of rearing a family are so great that population is at a stand. In the mean time the cheapness of labour, the plenty of labourers, and the necessity of an increased industry amongst them, encourage cultivators to employ more labour upon their land, to turn up fresh soil, and to manure and improve more completely what is already in tillage

Usage notes

While some dictionaries analyse this word as a noun,[1][2] others analyse it as a pronoun,[3] or as both a noun and a pronoun.[4][5][6]

Derived terms

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Synonyms

Translations

Pronoun

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  1. More than enough.
    I think six eggs should be plenty for this recipe.

Usage notes

See the notes about the noun.

Adverb

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  1. More than sufficiently.
    This office is plenty big enough for our needs.
  2. Template:Label Used as an intensifier, very.
    She was plenty mad at him.
    • 26 June 2014, A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together[1]
      Seeing clichés mimicked this skillfully is plenty hilarious.

Translations

Determiner

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  1. Template:Label much, enough
    There'll be plenty time later for that
  2. Template:Label many
    Get a manicure. Plenty men do it.

Adjective

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  1. Template:Label plentiful
    • 1597, Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act I, Scene IV:
      if reasons were as plenty as blackberries
    • 1836, The American Gardener's Magazine and Register, volume 2, page 279:
      Radishes are very plenty. Of cabbages a few heads of this year's crop have come to hand this week, and sold readily at quotations; [...]

Translations

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Anagrams

References

  1. Template:R:Dictionary.com
  2. Template:R:Merriam Webster Online
  3. Macmillan
  4. oxforddictionaries.com
  5. Harrap's essential English Dictionary (1996)
  6. Heinemann English Dictionary (2001)
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