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noun pla·teau \pla-ˈtō, ˈpla-ˌ\

Simple Definition of plateau

  • : a large flat area of land that is higher than other areas of land that surround it

  • : a period when something does not increase or advance any further

Full Definition of plateau

plural plateaus or pla·teaux play \-ˈtōz, -ˌtōz\

  1. 1 a :  a usually extensive land area having a relatively level surface raised sharply above adjacent land on at least one side :  tableland b :  a similar undersea feature

  2. 2 a :  a region of little or no change in a graphic representation b :  a relatively stable level, period, or condition

  3. 3 :  a level of attainment or achievement <the 500-point plateau>

Examples of plateau

  1. a plateau covering hundreds of miles

  2. The price of gas seems to have reached a plateau.

Origin of plateau

French, from Middle French, platter, from plat flat

First Known Use: 1796

Rhymes with plateau

aglow, ago, airflow, airglow, air show, alow, although, archfoe, argot, a throw, backflow, backhoe, bandeau, Baotou, barlow, bateau, below, bestow, big toe, bon mot, bravo, by-blow, cachepot, callow, caló, Carlow, cash flow, chapeau, Chi-Rho, cockcrow, Cocteau, cornrow, corn snow, crossbow, Cousteau, Darrow, Day-Glo, dayglow, death row, Defoe, de trop, deathblow, deco, down-bow, dumb show, elbow, escrow, fencerow, flambeau, floor show, flyblow, fogbow, forego, foreknow, forgo, freak show, free throw, Freneau, Fuzhou, galop, game show, genro, gigot, Glencoe, go-slow, Gounod, Guangzhou, gung ho, guyot, Hadow, Hangzhou, Hankow, Harrow, heave-ho, hedgerow, heigh-ho, hello, hollo, horse show, ice floe, ice show, inflow, in tow, Io, jabot, jambeau, Jane Doe, jim crow, Jinzhou, Joe Blow, Jiaozhou, John Doe, Juneau, Hounslow, kayo, KO, Lanzhou, lie low, light show, longbow, low blow, Luchow, macho, mahoe, maillot, mallow, manteau, Marlowe, Marot, marrow, matelot, merlot, Meursault, minnow, Miró, misknow, Moho, mojo, morceau, morrow, Moscow, mucro, mudflow, Murrow, nightglow, no-no, no-show, nouveau, oboe, outflow, outgo, outgrow, oxbow, peep show, Pernod, picot, pronto, Quanzhou, quiz show, rainbow, Rameau, red snow, reflow, regrow, repo, reseau, road show, rondeau, rondo, roscoe, Roseau, rouleau, sabot, Saint-Lô, salchow, scarecrow, self-sow, serow, shadblow, Shantou, sideshow, skid row, ski tow, Soho, so-so, sound bow, sourdough, stone's throw, sunbow, Suzhou, tableau, Taizhou, talk show, tiptoe, Thoreau, tone row, tonneau, trade show, trousseau, Trudeau, uh-oh, unsew, up-bow, upthrow, van Gogh, wallow, Wenzhou, Wicklow, widow, willow, windrow, windthrow, winnow, Winslow, Wuzhou, Xuzhou, Yalow, yarrow, Zhangzhou, Zhengzhou, Zibo



verb pla·teau

Simple Definition of plateau

  • : to stop growing or increasing : to reach a plateau

Full Definition of plateau

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to reach a level, period, or condition of stability or maximum attainment

Examples of plateau

  1. Sales of computers have plateaued in recent years.


First Known Use of plateau


PLATEAU Defined for Kids


noun pla·teau \pla-ˈtō\

Definition of plateau

plural plateaus or pla·teaux \-ˈtōz\

  1. :  a broad flat area of high land

Medical Dictionary


noun pla·teau \pla-ˈtō, ˈpla-ˌ\

Medical Definition of plateau

plural plateaus or pla·teaux \-ˈtōz, -ˌtōz\

  1. :  a relatively flat elevated area—see tibial plateau

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