plains·​man | \ ˈplānz-mən How to pronounce plainsman (audio) \

Definition of plainsman

: an inhabitant of the plains

Examples of plainsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The poet-philosophers of the plains (and every plainsman is one) know that the plains are unknowable in their totality, and are therefore charged with possibility. Ben Lerner, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2017 For Murnane, for the plainsmen, this obviously apparent richness of the actual is a kind of poverty. Ben Lerner, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of plainsman

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plainsman

Great Plains + man

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The first known use of plainsman was in 1801

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Plains Indian


Plains of Abraham

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“Plainsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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