Definition of plaint noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pleɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪnt//
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  1. 1(British English, law) a complaint made against somebody in court
  2. 2(literary) a sad cry or sound
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French plainte, feminine past participle of plaindre ‘complain’, or from Old French plaint, from Latin planctus ‘beating of the breast’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: plaint