General English

  • noun a large quantity


  • (written as Plenty)
    A play by David Hare, first performed in 1978 by theNational Theatre company at their Lyttleton Theatre with Hare directing.A film version appeared in 1985. The drama, set in the two decadesafter World War II, uses the traumatic decline of the Resistance heroineSusan Traherne as a symbol for the decay of political idealism inBritain.

    Susan, now married to Raymond Brock, a career diplomat, findsher peacetime life dull and meaningless and becomes increasingly disillusionedby Britain's complacent class-ridden society. Her eccentric behaviourbecomes a burden to her husband and friends and she eventually leavesRaymond and drifts into drug-taking. A wartime comrade, Codename Lazar,traces her and they spend a night together, two pathetic figures livingin the past.

Origin & History of “plenty”

Plenty is one of a family of English words that trace their history back to Latin plēnus ‘full’ (a descendant of the same Indo-European base, *plē-, as produced English full and plethora). Others include plenary (16th c.), plenipotentiary (17th c.), plenitude (15th c.), plenteous (13th c.), and replenish. Plenty itself comes via Old French plentet from the Latin derivative plenitās. other close relatives contributed by Latin include plural, plus, and surplus and the range of words based on the verbal element -plēre ‘fill’ – complete, deplete, implement, replete, supply, etc.