plat

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verb (1)

platted; platting

plat

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noun (1)

: plait

plat

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noun (2)

1
: a small piece of ground (such as a lot or quadrat) : plot
2
: a plan, map, or chart of a piece of land with actual or proposed features (such as lots)
also : the land represented

plat

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verb (2)

platted; platting

transitive verb

: to make a plat of

plat

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abbreviation

Examples of plat in a Sentence

Noun (1) a plat of lace Noun (2) each settler was granted a plat to farm plans to build a shopping center on the last undeveloped plat in town
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Penman alleges Cassilly rushed through and approved a plat, or land use plan, for property owned by his brother, Joseph Cassilly. Ben Terzi, Baltimore Sun, 9 Mar. 2024 The full development will need three approvals of preliminary plats, which are the initial land plans. Alexandra Hardle, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 The Planning and Zoning Commission last week unanimously approved the preliminary plat for that phase of the development. Alexandra Hardle, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 The block is called Block 68 after the city’s original plat map from the 19th century. Plans for that building call for ground- floor businesses, six floors of parking and 185 apartments on eight floors. Nick Rosenberger, Idaho Statesman, 29 Jan. 2024 The council also gave its approval to the final plat of Phase 2 of the Healing Springs Subdivision, land annexed in January. Randy Moll, Arkansas Online, 3 Mar. 2023 The final plat includes a series of changes from the preliminary plan that village officials believe will distribute excess water in different ways. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 20 Oct. 2020 Under state law, cities and counties have to decide on a plan or plat within 30 days after a proposal is filed. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2023 Trustees unanimously approved the final plat of subdivision Oct. 15 for the Forest Edge subdivision at 1801 Green Bay Road. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 20 Oct. 2020
Verb
The first of the cemeteries opened in the early 1820s, and the three additional cemeteries were platted in the decades after. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 13 June 2024 The town wasn't laid out and platted until Nov. 7, 1837, according to the city. Mike Jones, Arkansas Online, 29 Sep. 2023 Charles and Elizabeth Starr — whose sons helped start the famous Starr Piano Co. — bought the land and platted it. The Indianapolis Star, 22 Aug. 2023 The town wasnt laid out and platted until Nov. 7, 1837. Mike Jones, Arkansas Online, 8 July 2023 They’re platted with a smear of vibrant green mojo sauce full of blanched cilantro, parsley and oregano. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2023 Built on Camino Real, the road Mizner platted to be Boca’s major avenue, the inn was actually much smaller than in his original scheme. John Dolen, Sun Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2023 During public comments on the request to re-plat the island, residents said issues ranging from an American bald eagle family possibly using the island and deforestation to flooding and traffic congestion are reasons the plans should not go forward. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English platten, probably variant of pleiten "to fold, pleat entry 1," by generalization of the past tense and past participle forms platte, plattid, formed by analogy with thratte, past of threten "to make a threat, threaten"

Note: This etymology is suggested by Oxford English Dictionary, third edition, following E. J. Dobson, English Pronunciation, 1500-1700, vol. 2, p. 782. Middle English Dictionary lists platten as a separate verb, taken to be a verbal derivative of plat "flat, smooth," with "meaning influenced by pleiten."

Noun (1)

noun derivative of plat entry 1

Noun (2)

Middle English, probably alteration of plot

First Known Use

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plat was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near plat

Cite this Entry

“Plat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plat. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

plat

noun
ˈplat
1
: a small plot of ground
2
: a plan or map of an area with lots marked out

Legal Definition

plat

noun
ˈplat
: a plan, map, or chart of a piece of land with present or proposed features (as lots)
also : the land represented
Etymology

Noun

probably alteration of plot

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