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 The floral salad plates belonged to Cain's great-grandmother, but the napkin rings and place mats are newer pieces she's picked up along the way. Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 23 Feb. 2024 Skip the runner and place mats altogether and let the reclaimed wood shine. Mary Carol Garrity, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Flickering candles and leather place mats are a romantic touch. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 Now, many of the cooperative’s pillowcases, place mats and stoles are dominated by the more popular blues and greens. Raja Abdulrahim,, 9 Sep. 2023 Today, their laundry and storage baskets, place mats, trays, plant pots, and wall art — some of which are made from natural fibers like the sisal plant — are found in major retail stores around South Africa and online. Jalyn Robinson, Travel + Leisure, 3 Sep. 2023 To make the place card, mark the place mat's lines using a ruler and a pencil. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 28 Aug. 2023 Add dye to one bucket, then, one at a time, dip the place mats in the solution. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Mar. 2023 Dip-Dye Outdoor Place Mats Pick your favorite color and get to work on these easy dip-dye outdoor place mats. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of place mat was in 1928

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“Place mat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

place mat

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