Plenty vs Array - What's the difference?

plenty | array |

As a proper noun plenty

is a village in saskatchewan, canada.

As a noun array is

clothing and ornamentation.

As a verb array is

to clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire.




  • A more than adequate amount.
  • We are lucky to live in a land of peace and plenty .
  • * 1798 , (Thomas Malthus), (An Essay on the Principle of Population):
  • During this season of distress, the discouragements to marriage, and the difficulty of rearing a family are so great that population is at a stand. In the mean time the cheapness of labour, the plenty of labourers, and the necessity of an increased industry amongst them, encourage cultivators to employ more labour upon their land, to turn up fresh soil, and to manure and improve more completely what is already in tillage

    Usage notes

    While some dictionaries analyse this word as a noun, others analyse it as a pronoun, Macmillan] or as both a noun and a pronoun.[ oxforddictionaries.comHarrap's essential English Dictionary'' (1996)''Heinemann English Dictionary (2001)

    Derived terms

    * horn of plenty * land of plenty * plenteous * plentiful


    * abundance * profusion


    (English Pronouns)
  • More than enough.
  • I think six eggs should be plenty for this recipe.

    Usage notes

    See the notes about the noun.


  • More than sufficiently.
  • This office is plenty big enough for our needs.
  • (label) , very.
  • She was plenty mad at him.
  • * 26 June 2014 , A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together []
  • Seeing clichés mimicked this skillfully is plenty hilarious.


    (en determiner)
  • (label) much, enough
  • There'll be plenty time later for that
  • (label) many
  • Get a manicure. Plenty men do it.


    (en adjective)
  • (label) plentiful
  • * 1597 , Shakespeare, Henry IV , Part I, Act I, Scene IV:
  • if reasons were as plenty as blackberries
  • * 1836 , The American Gardener's Magazine and Register , volume 2, page 279:
  • Radishes are very plenty . Of cabbages a few heads of this year's crop have come to hand this week, and sold readily at quotations; [...]






    (en noun)
  • Clothing and ornamentation.
  • (Dryden)
  • A collection laid out to be viewed in full.
  • An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.
  • * Prescott
  • a gallant array of nobles and cavaliers
  • Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle.
  • drawn up in battle array
  • * Gibbon
  • wedged together in the closest array
  • A large collection.
  • * Byron
  • their long array of sapphire and of gold
    We offer a dazzling array of choices.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=October 23 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Man Utd 1 - 6 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Mario Balotelli, in the headlines for accidentally setting his house ablaze with fireworks, put City on their way with goals either side of the interval as United struggled to contain the array of attacking talent in front of them.}}
  • (programming) Any of various data structures designed to hold multiple elements of the same type; especially , a data structure that holds these elements in adjacent memory locations so that they may be retrieved using numeric indices.
  • (legal) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impanelled in a cause; the panel itself; or the whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court.
  • (military) A militia.
  • Usage notes

    * (any of various data structures) The exact usage of the term , and of related terms, generally depends on the programming language. For example, many languages distinguish a fairly low-level "array" construct from a higher-level "list" or "vector" construct. Some languages distinguish between an "array" and a variety of "associative array"; others have only the latter concept, calling it an "array".

    Derived terms

    * * * * *


    * (orderly series) disarray

    See also

    * (any of various data structures) ones-based indexing, zero-based indexing


  • To clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire
  • He was arrayed in his finest robes and jewels.
  • To lay out in an orderly arrangement; to deploy or marshal
  • (legal) To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them one at a time.
  • (Blackstone)