place mat

noun

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 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, chicagotribune.com, "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 At the Los Angeles Times, writer John Birdsall takes on tiki, bringing up important questions about what’s at stake when bars evoke fantasies of Polynesia in mugs, decor and place mats. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The strangest meal in Union Square," 9 Dec. 2019 Square place mats are such a wonderful piece for any table setting. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "A linens expert’s rules for dressing your table," 29 July 2019 The red spruce picnic table was set for an Anthropolgie catalogue shoot — or a troll’s wedding to a fairy — 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, Washington Post, "In Sweden, a DIY dining adventure," 26 July 2019 Food will be served on a small platter instead of a traditional tray, with a place mat. BostonGlobe.com, "Delta Seeks to Take Some Sting Out of Long Coach-Class Flights," 3 July 2019 Sticking with the homegrown feel of the event, Marta used 19th-century lace place mats that belonged to Carlo's grandfather's family for her dress's scoop-neck, short-sleeve bodice. Priya Rao, Town & Country, "A Tale of Two Houses," 4 Feb. 2013

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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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29 Jan 2020

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“Place mat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/place%20mat. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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place mat

noun

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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