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noun plen·ty \ˈplen-tē\

Definition of plenty

  1. 1a :  a full or more than adequate amount or supply <had plenty of time to finish the job>b :  a large number or amount <in plenty of trouble>

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being copious :  plentifulness

Examples of plenty in a sentence

  1. They thought of America as the land of plenty.

  2. <you'll have plenty of time to make your connecting flight>

Origin and Etymology of plenty

Middle English plente, from Anglo-French plenté, from Late Latin plenitat-, plenitas, from Latin, fullness, from plenus full — more at full


First Known Use: 13th century


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plenty

adjective plen·ty

Definition of plenty

  1. 1 :  plentiful in amount, number, or supply <if reasons were as plenty as blackberries — William Shakespeare>

  2. 2 :  ample <plenty work to be done — Time>

Using plenty as an Adjective

Many commentators object to use of sense 2 in writing; it appears to be limited chiefly to spoken English. Sense 1 is literary but is no longer in common use.

Examples of plenty in a sentence

  1. <we've picked plenty blueberries, so there'll be some left over after we make the pie>

14th Century

First Known Use of plenty

14th century


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plenty

adverb plen·ty

Definition of plenty

  1. :  more than sufficiently :  to a considerable degree <the nights were plenty cold — F. B. Gipson>

Using plenty as an Adverb

Many handbooks advise avoiding the adverb plenty in writing; “use very, quite, or a more precise word,” they advise. Actually plenty is often a more precise word than its recommended replacements; very, fully, or quite will not work as well in these typical quotations <it's already plenty hot for us in the kitchen without some dolt opening the oven — C. H. Bridges> <may not be rising quite as rapidly as other health costs, but it is going up plenty fast — Changing Times>. It is not used in more formal writing.

Examples of plenty in a sentence

  1. There's plenty more where that came from.

  2. The car is plenty large enough to fit six people.

1775

First Known Use of plenty

1775



PLENTY Defined for English Language Learners

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noun plen·ty \ˈplen-tē\

Definition of plenty for English Language Learners

  • : the state of having enough of the things that make life good and easy


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plenty

adverb plen·ty

Definition of plenty for English Language Learners

  • : to a great degree : more than enough


PLENTY Defined for Kids

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noun plen·ty \ˈplen-tē\

Definition of plenty for Students

  1. :  a full supply :  more than enough



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