From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishplentyplen‧ty1 /ˈplenti/ ●●● S1 W1 pronoun LOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNTa large quantity that is enough or more than enoughplenty of Make sure she gets plenty of fresh air. No need to hurry – you’ve got plenty of time.plenty to do/say/eat etc There’s plenty to do and see in New York. There are plenty more chairs in the next room.► see thesaurus at enoughRegisterIn written English, people sometimes prefer to use ample rather than plenty of, as it sounds more formal:They were given ample time to complete the work.Grammar• You use plenty of before an uncountable noun: There is plenty of evidence that he is guilty. ✗Don’t say: There is a plenty of evidence.• You also use plenty of before a plural noun: There are plenty of opportunities to improve your skills. ✗Don’t say: There is plenty of opportunities.• You say that something has plenty of a thing, quality etc: The town has plenty of nightlife. ✗Don’t say: The town is plenty of nightlife.
Examples from the Corpusplenty• "More dessert?" "No thanks, I've had plenty."• There's plenty to do and see in this beautiful vacation area.plenty of• Beyond these guidelines, there are plenty of helpful hints to keep you on a low-fat track.• A long bar, plenty of stools.• Come at 8. That'll give me plenty of time to get ready.• Make sure you drink plenty of water.plentyplenty2 adverb informal 1 → plenty big/fast/warm etc enough2 American EnglishLOT/VERY MUCH a lot or very I’d practiced plenty. I was plenty nervous.
Examples from the Corpusplenty• Grizzlies foes have seen plenty already.• Those pants are plenty big on you.• Meanwhile, its conventional forces are plenty good enough to banish the nuclear option to the realm of the theoretical.• There's plenty more chicken if you want it.• He owned the cottage and plenty more-seven miles of shoreline, twelve thousand acres of prime timber butting up against state forest.• Out in the woodshed there are plenty more.plentyplenty3 noun [uncountable] formal 1 LOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNTa situation in which there is a lot of food and goods available for people a land of plenty2 → in plenty
Examples from the Corpusplenty• It is a disgrace that we still have hunger in this land of plenty.Origin plenty3 (1200-1300) Old French plenté, from Latin plenitas “fullness”, from plenus “full”