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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for platter

dish, disk, tray, disc, record, trencher, salver, charger

Examples from the Web for platter

Contemporary Examples of platter

Historical Examples of platter

  • "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.


    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 platea seafood platter

Word Origin for platter

C14: from Anglo-Norman plater, from plat dish, from Old French plat flat; see plate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for platter

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with platter


see under hand to on a silver platter.

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