Definition of plein jeu in English:

plein jeu

adverb

Music
  • Chiefly as a direction in a score: with full power (specifically in organ playing).

Pronunciation

plein jeu

/ˌpleɪn ˈʒəː/ /ˌplã ˈʒəː/

noun

Music
  • An organ stop or combination of stops producing a full chorus of montres (diapasons and principals) in octaves, plus fourniture (additional mixture pipes, adding fifths), and sometimes cymbal.

Pronunciation

plein jeu

/ˌpleɪn ˈʒəː/ /ˌplã ˈʒəː/

Origin

Mid 19th century. From French plein jeu organ stop that has a very loud sound, a type of mixture stop combining the fourniture and the cymbal from plein + jeu.