Definition of plene in US English:

plene

adverb

  • Hebrew Grammar. With vowel sounds represented (by means of consonantal letters, the matres lectionis).

adjective

  • Written with vowel sounds represented; of or relating to this style of notation.

noun

  • A vowel or word written in this manner, contrasted with defective.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Moses Stuart (1780–1852). From classical Latin plēnē fully, completely (from plēnus full, in post-classical Latin specifically with reference to Hebrew script (e.g. 1705) + -ē, suffix forming adverbs), after Hebrew mālē fully, in specific grammatical use; compare post-classical Latin scriptio plena full writing.