simplicity

noun

sim·​plic·​i·​ty sim-ˈpli-sə-tē How to pronounce simplicity (audio)
-ˈpli-stē
plural simplicities
1
: the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded
2
a
: lack of subtlety or penetration : innocence, naiveté
3
: freedom from pretense or guile : candor
4
a
: directness of expression : clarity
b
: restraint in ornamentation : austerity

Example Sentences

People like the simplicity of the instructions. the simplicity of the music
Recent Examples on the Web This look from Kule gets it just right with lightness and simplicity. Jaimie Potters, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Nov. 2022 There was talk of a ukulele boom during the pandemic, with the instrument’s small size and relative simplicity proving to be a draw to legions of newbies. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2022 The frugality and simplicity of some Italian dishes have also made an impression on Tucci. Barry Neild And Madalena Araujo, CNN, 7 Oct. 2022 And Aleksandra Crapanzano’s Gâteau goes beyond recipes to make a bigger argument about how ease and simplicity define French baking culture. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2022 Given the compact size and simplicity of the unit, this is a huge accomplishment. WIRED, 6 Sep. 2022 The starkness and simplicity of the Octo Finissimo Sejima Edition designed for Bulgari by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima are sure to thrill lovers of minimalist style. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 5 Sep. 2022 This brings clarity and simplicity to everyone’s actions. Randy Shattuck, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 At age 34, Kelsey Waldon sings with emotional directness and unembellished simplicity that will reel you in and hold you. Barry Mazor, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English simplicite, from Anglo-French simplicité, from Latin simplicitat-, simplicitas, from simplic-, simplex

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of simplicity was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near simplicity

Cite this Entry

“Simplicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simplicity. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

simplicity

noun

sim·​plic·​i·​ty sim-ˈplis-ət-ē How to pronounce simplicity (audio)
plural simplicities
1
: the quality or state of being simple
2
3
a
: clearness of expression
b
: the quality or state of being plain
4

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