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[pleyt-foo l]
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noun, plural plate·fuls.
  1. the amount that a plate will hold.
  2. a large portion or quantity: a plateful of contracts to negotiate.
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Origin of plateful

First recorded in 1760–70; plate1 + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

serving, dollop, ration, share, order, course, piece, meal, allowance, plateful

Examples from the Web for plateful

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  • In her lap was a plateful of early-ripe grapes, which she was eating deliberately.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Without replying, the count had him accommodated with a plateful of rice.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Whereupon he attacked his plateful of chicken with vehement gusto.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • And soon she brought Peter a plateful of the best food she had.

    The Tale of Peter Mink

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • Well, the sooner he has his plateful of humble-pie the better; eh, lads?

    Syd Belton

    George Manville Fenn