- a plate for holding an individual serving of the main course of a meal.
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Examples from the Web for dinner plate
Cucumber is eaten off the dinner-plate, and not off a separate plate.Manners and Rules of Good Society
They then place on their heads a large silver plate, somewhat similar to a dinner-plate.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China
Evariste Regis Huc
If salad is to be served next, put down a salad-plate in place of the dinner-plate removed.
When the hot dinner-plates are brought in, take up the service plate, substituting the dinner-plate.
What an extraordinarily beautiful creature it is, sometimes so large as to cover a dinner-plate.Ranching, Sport and Travel