[ plat-er ]
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  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.

  1. Slang. a phonograph record.

  2. Computers. a hard disk, the rigid circular plate that rotates on a spindle within a hard disk drive, for data encoding and retrieval.

  3. Movie Slang. a part of a motion-picture projector, consisting of a large, horizontally rotating disk that houses a feature film.

Origin of platter

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English plater, from Anglo-French, derivative of plat “dish”; see origin at plate1, -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use platter in a sentence

  • Look at those long rows of pewter dishes and platters that grace the shelves.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • “And our dinners are gone,” said Humphrey, looking at the empty pot and dirty platters.

  • The platters were made of oak-leaves neatly plaited together.

    Quicksilver Sue | Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • The table was decked out with divers platters, containing seed-cakes cut into rhomboids, almond biscuits, and ratafia drops.

  • We were all busied putting it into the platters before the fire, to await his coming, when we heard the sound of a horn.

British Dictionary definitions for platter


/ (ˈplætə) /

  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 plate: a seafood platter

Origin of 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

Other Idioms and Phrases with platter


see under hand to on a silver platter.

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