|—n , pl -eaus, -eaux|
|1.||a wide mainly level area of elevated land|
|2.||a relatively long period of stability; levelling off: the rising prices reached a plateau|
|3.||to remain at a stable level for a relatively long period|
|[C18: from French, from Old French platel something flat, from plat flat; see |
|plateau (plā-tō') Pronunciation Key
An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land. Plateaus make up about 45 percent of the Earth's land surface.