[pleyn-tif] /ˈpleɪn tɪf/
a person who brings suit in a court (opposed to ).
(formerly) a person who brings a civil action in a court of law Now replaced by claimant Compare defendant (sense 1)
c.1400, from Anglo-French pleintif (late 13c.), noun use of Old French plaintif “complaining; wretched, miserable,” from plainte (see plaint). Identical with plaintive at first; the form that receded into legal usage retained the older -iff spelling.
The party that institutes a suit in a court. The person or entity the plaintiff sues is the defendant.
noun 1. the fatty, inner lining of the first stomach (the rumen) of a steer, calf, hog, or sheep, having a bland taste and used as a food, especially in the preparation of such dishes as haggis, head cheese, etc.
[pleyn-tiv] /ˈpleɪn tɪv/ adjective 1. expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful: a plaintive melody. /ˈpleɪntɪv/ adjective 1. expressing melancholy; mournful adj. late 14c., “lamenting,” from Old French plaintif “complaining; wretched, miserable,” from plainte (see plaint). Sense of “mournful, sad” first recorded 1570s. Related: Plaintively; plaintiveness.
- Plain turkey
noun 1. (Austral) a bustard
[pleyn-vuh-nil-uh] /ˈpleɪn vəˈnɪl ə/ adjective, Informal. 1. having no embellishments, extra equipment, elaborate packaging, etc.; plain; simple; down-to-earth: I want a plain-vanilla car without a lot of chrome trim.