plainsman

noun

plains·​man ˈplānz-mən How to pronounce plainsman (audio)
: an inhabitant of the plains

Examples of plainsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Florentino, a lone plainsmen, crosses paths with a man in a black hat and black cloak on a black horse — i.e., el Diablo himself. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 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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Word History

Etymology

Great Plains + man

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plainsman was in 1801

Dictionary Entries Near plainsman

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“Plainsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plainsman. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

plainsman

noun
plains·​man ˈplānz-mən How to pronounce plainsman (audio)
: a person who lives on the plains
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