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blue plate

a plate, often decorated with a blue willow pattern, divided by ridges into sections for holding apart several kinds of food.
Also called blue plate special. a specially priced main course, as of meat and vegetables, listed as an item on a menu, especially in an inexpensive restaurant.
Origin of blue plate
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • In-side there was a heap of clean, warm hay, and on a blue plate were some nice bones.

  • Exeunt children, and re-enter stewards, each with a blue plate in his hand.

    Sketches by Boz Charles Dickens
  • He asked if they still kept doughnuts in a yellow crock with a blue plate over it on the bottom shelf of the pantry—and they do!

    Daddy Long-Legs Jean Webster
  • And, on a blue plate, she was carrying a stack of green-apple pies nearly a foot high.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife Corra Harris
  • Maizie gazed for a moment at the oatmeal in her own blue plate, then with a little petulant gesture, she pushed the plate away.

    Suzanna Stirs the Fire Emily Calvin Blake
  • The "blue plate Special" furnishes, in short, the chief items in a "good home meal."

    American Adventures Julian Street
  • All that remains of the ancient Sanctuary is that blue plate with white letters.

Contemporary definitions for blue plate

pertaining to a full restaurant meal ordered as a single item, often as a special of the day; also written blue-plate

Word Origin

from blue compartmentalized plates once used at fixed-price restaurants's 21st Century Lexicon
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