From Middle English explanen, from Old French explaner, from Latin explanō (“I flatten, spread out, make plain or clear, explain”), from ex- (“out”) + planō (“I flatten, make level”), from planus (“level, plain”); see plain and plane. Compare esplanade, splanade. Displaced native Middle English arecchen, irecchen (“to explain, expound”) (from Old English āreccan, ġereccan).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɪkˈsplanət(ə)ɹi/, /ɛkˈsplanət(ə)ɹi/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɪkˈsplanətɔːɹi/, /ɛkˈsplanətɔːɹi/
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- Intended to serve as an explanation.
- Below the diagram is an explanatory text.
- (of a person) Disposed to explain.