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[plat-er] /ˈplæt ər/
a large, shallow dish, usually elliptical in shape, for holding and serving food, especially meat or fish.
a course of a meal, usually consisting of a variety of foods served on the same plate.
Slang. a phonograph record.
Movie Slang. a part of a motion-picture projector, consisting of a large, horizontally rotating disk that houses a feature film.
Origin of platter
1250-1300; Middle English plater < Anglo-French, derivative of plat dish. See plate1, -er2 Unabridged
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  • "That's the outside o' the cup an' platter," she said knowingly.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Tsian Tang brought out a platter of red amber on which lay a carbuncle.

  • She held so fast by the fine polish of the outside of the cup and platter.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • She could see well enough when she was trying to pick a choice morsel from the platter.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • She picked up a platter and proceeded to wipe it, quite as a matter of course.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for platter


a large shallow usually oval dish or plate, used for serving food
a course of a meal, usually consisting of several different foods served on the same plate: a seafood platter
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman plater, from plat dish, from Old French plat flat; see plate
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Word Origin and History for platter

late 13c., platere, from Anglo-French plater, from Old French plate "metal plate" (see plate (n.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for platter



A phonograph record (1931+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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