Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[pleyt-foo l] /ˈpleɪt fʊl/
noun, plural platefuls.
the amount that a plate will hold.
a large portion or quantity:
a plateful of contracts to negotiate.
Origin of plateful
First recorded in 1760-70; plate1 + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for plateful
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • When the talking was over sweetmeats were brought, and His Highness sent me a plateful from his table.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • If you're going to eat, you might at least bring a plateful, so we can have some, too.

  • Austin helped himself to a plateful of black cherries, while his aunt toyed with a peach.

    Austin and His Friends Frederic H. Balfour
  • And with this the devil put a plateful of gold coins into the prince's bag.

  • A plateful for each of the three meals should be placed in the refrigerator ready for use.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • "I believe I'd trade my watch for a plateful of bread and butter," said Francis.

    A Fourth Form Friendship Angela Brazil
  • Nothing stopped his staring until we had finished a plateful a-piece and some beer in his cottage among his family.

  • Diantha set the plateful on the table, puffy, brown, and crisply crusted.

    What Diantha Did Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The rays fell from a thick green funnel in a plateful of strong light upon a table deep in books.

    A Thief in the Night E. W. Hornung

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for plateful

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for plateful

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for plateful