Definition of plain work in English:

plain work

noun

  • 1Masonry. Simple, smooth, or unadorned stone or stonework.

  • 2Work of a plain or simple kind, as distinguished from ornamental work; specifically (now historical) plain needlework or sewing, as distinct from fancy-work or embroidery.

Origin

Late Middle English. From plain + work.

Pronunciation

plain work

/ˈpleɪn wəːk/