One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An ornately decorated ceiling.
roof, vault, vaultingView synonyms
- ‘There is also an elliptical chamber on the ground floor, with a beautiful plafond and niches framed by Ionic columns.’
- 1.1 A painting or decoration on a ceiling.
- ‘The subject of the central plafond "The Temple of Minerva", represents a scene of the castle being built.’
French, from plat ‘flat’ + fond ‘bottom, base’.
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