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platter

[plat-er]
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noun
  1. a large, shallow dish, usually elliptical in shape, for holding and serving food, especially meat or fish.
  2. a course of a meal, usually consisting of a variety of foods served on the same plate.
  3. Slang. a phonograph record.
  4. Movie Slang. a part of a motion-picture projector, consisting of a large, horizontally rotating disk that houses a feature film.
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Origin of platter

1250–1300; Middle English plater < Anglo-French, derivative of plat dish. See plate1, -er2
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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

platter

noun
  1. a large shallow usually oval dish or plate, used for serving food
  2. a course of a meal, usually consisting of several different foods served on the same platea seafood platter
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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

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with platter

platter

see under hand to on a silver platter.

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