place mat

noun

Definition of place mat 

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

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That is the place mat from one of our dinners together. Brett Sokol, New York Times, "Lee Quiñones Brings Street Art to His Living Room," 10 July 2018 Hwang’s use of place mats to promote his political brand is not without controversy. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "The Place Mat King: Sen. Tony Hwang Spent $15K On Restaurant Ads," 11 May 2018 The service was friendly, and my grandsons appreciated the homemade potato chips and activities place mats that arrived the moment we were seated. Sharon Boorstin, latimes.com, "Bounce in a dune buggy on a sandy weekend escape to Pismo Beach," 7 June 2018 The 18th-century floor under her feet needed to be made into place mats. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Exclusive: Lauren Santo Domingo Talks About the Launch of Moda Operandi Home," 26 Apr. 2018 Salsas are basically a place mat slapped down on a hard wood table, but a proper seven-layer dip? Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Forget Doritos. How ladylike are other snacks?," 7 Feb. 2018 Or roll up gifts in a bamboo place mat or table runner, and tie with a bow. Cathy Rubin, Philly.com, "Ask Jennifer Adams: last-minute gift wrapping ideas," 14 Dec. 2017 From mid-century until the 1990s, Designs by Joan Luntz brought a fresh, breezy feeling not only to plastic dinnerware, but also to wallpaper and drapes, place mats and china, bed sheets and beach towels, scarves and more. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Award-winning Cleveland design pioneer Joan Luntz Goulder dies at age 95," 30 Dec. 2017 For your small table, instead of a tablecloth, try just one runner, or maybe two runners crisscrossed in the middle with the four place settings on the fabric instead of adding another layer with place mats. Jennifer Adams, Philly.com, "Ask Jennifer Adams: Last-minute holiday table ideas," 20 Dec. 2017

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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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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