Definition of simplesse in English:

simplesse

Pronunciation /sɪmˈplɛs/ /sãˈplɛs/

noun

  • Simplicity of expression in music or literature which is inauthentic or forced, typically in being overly or heavy-handedly simple.

Origin

Middle English (in an earlier sense). Originally from Anglo-Norman and Middle French simplesse, simplesce (French simplesse) guilelessness, innocence, goodness, lack of learning, stupidity, foolishness, humility, absence of complexity from simple + -esse.