[pleyt-foo l]

noun, plural plate·fuls.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for plateful

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

Examples from the Web for plateful

Contemporary Examples of plateful

Historical Examples of plateful

  • 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