Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

plot - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun     plot pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] literature a series of related events that make up the main story in a book, movie, etc. A second, less important story in the same book or movie is called a subplot.
  2. 2
    [countable] a secret plan to do something bad, made by two or more people
    plot against:

    a plot against the government

    a plot to do something:

    The two men are accused of a plot to bomb an American airliner.

    hatch a plot (=make it):

    Between them, they had hatched a clever plot to claim insurance money.

  3. 3
    [countable] a piece of land used for a particular purpose, for example building a house or growing plants
    1. a.
      a small piece of land in a cemetery where you are buried when you die

      a family plot (=where members of the same family are buried)


deep learning

a form of machine learning which incorporates the use of neural networks

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play