follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

plain clothes

noun
1.
clothing other than one's uniform, especially civilian clothes worn on duty by a police officer.
Also, plainclothes.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
Related forms
plain-clothes, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for plainclothes

plain clothes

plural noun
1.
  1. ordinary clothes, as distinguished from uniform, as worn by a police detective on duty
  2. (as modifier): a plain-clothes policeman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for plainclothes

plain clothes

n.

"ordinary dress" (as opposed to military uniform), 1822; of police detectives, it is attested from 1842. Also plainclothes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for plain clothes

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for plainclothes

0
23
Scrabble Words With Friends