If you've eaten your fill at a big meal, you know by your full stomach that you have had plenty. In fact, if you had more than plenty, you might even get the feeling you've had too much!

The word plenty usually refers to more than just enough, and this comes, via Middle French plenté, from the Latin word plēnitās, "fullness," from plenus, "full, complete." The meaning is apparent in the following quote by English novelist George Eliot: "I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music." May you have plenty of what you need, and some of what you want as well.

Definitions of plenty
  1. noun
    a full supply
    “there was plenty of food for everyone”
    synonyms: plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plentitude
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    type of:
    abundance, copiousness, teemingness
    the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply
  2. noun
    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    “it must have cost plenty
    synonyms: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
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    barrage, deluge, flood, flurry, inundation, torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
    a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
    type of:
    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
  3. adverb
    as much as necessary
    “"(` plenty' is nonstandard) "I've had plenty, thanks”
    synonyms: enough
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