place mat


Definition of place mat

: a small often rectangular table mat on which a place setting is laid

Examples of place mat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hummingbird Trellis, one of Chatsworth House’s most popular designs, gets a rich finish of genuine gold leaf, coated with layers of glossy lacquer, making this scene-stealing place mat practically impervious to stains and spills. Kara Nelson | Contributing Writer,, "Perk up your surroundings with the use of color patterns and prnts," 15 Sep. 2020 For fancy takeout, place mats get placed and Aunt Carmen’s china comes out. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Food critic Tom Sietsema on what we lose when restaurants close," 23 Apr. 2020 In a 2019 study, for instance, researchers screened 34 common plastic products — including plastic wraps, bags, food containers, drink bottles and place mats — and found that 74 percent of them tested positive for potentially toxic chemicals. New York Times, "Avoid using certain types of plastic containers.," 17 Apr. 2020 Also watch out for vinyl in anti-slip bathtub mats, baby play mats and place mats, and choose products made of other materials. New York Times, "Avoid using certain types of plastic containers.," 17 Apr. 2020 Use it in table runners, bedding, curtains, place mats, hand towels and more to add muted colors and softness to any room. Mari-jane Williams, Washington Post, "Farmhouse design without the monograms, wall-to-wall shiplap and kitsch," 21 Nov. 2019 Here are some fresh ideas to toast the holidays using entertaining throwbacks. Embroidered linen and cotton place mats are not seen on the tables of most Americans these days. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "5 old-school table accessories get hip for the holidays," 13 Nov. 2019 The red spruce picnic table was set for an Anthropolgie catalogue shoot with wildflowers in glass vases, tree trunk place mats, a canopy to catch raindrops and shaggy blue rugs to warm bottoms on benches. Andrea Sachs,, "Forest to table: An invitation to a DIY dining adventure in Sweden," 12 Aug. 2019 Yet place mats are a nice way to frame individual settings at a table. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "5 old-school table accessories get hip for the holidays," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of place mat

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of place mat was in 1928

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“Place mat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of place mat

: a small, often rectangular mat on which a set of dishes, knives, forks, etc., for one person are placed at a table

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