General English

General Science

  • adjective consisting of a single chemical compound
  • adjective not divided, either totally or partially, into separate segments


  • adjective not very complicated


  • used to describe a wine with a straightforward character that is not complex, but is good


  • acronym forSavings Incentive Match Plan for Employees
    (written as SIMPLE)

Origin & History of “simple”

Etymologically, simple denotes ‘same-fold’ – that is, not multifarious. It goes back ultimately to a compound formed from prehistoric Indo-European *sm-, *sem-, *som- ‘same’ (source also of English same, similar, single, etc) and *pl- ‘fold’ (source of English fold, ply, etc). this passed into Latin as simplus ‘single’, which found its way into English via Old French simple.