plate·​ful | \ ˈplāt-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce plateful (audio) \

Definition of plateful

1 : a quantity to fill a plate also : a generous helping
2 : a large number or amount a plateful of problems

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Examples of plateful in a Sentence

a degree in that field would give you a plateful of possibilities for a career
Recent Examples on the Web The holiday season is replete with platefuls of food, piles of gifts and swarms of travelers, all of which take a toll on the environment. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "'Wish-cycling': How your holiday recycling could be doing more harm than good," 26 Dec. 2019 After each of the clams break open, the chef tops them with the creamy mustard sauce and hands them out by the plateful. Fortune, "Charred Chocolate Clams: The Secrets of Baja’s Signature Dish," 14 Sep. 2019 Chaat houses are worthwhile endeavors, but nothing captures the feeling of chaat culture like eating a plateful of tangy bhel puri on a fold-out chair in the middle of a patch of asphalt. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "For the Bay Area’s best chaat, our restaurant critic heads to Sunnyvale," 5 Jan. 2013 There's no troublesome washing, chopping, and cooking of a plateful of healthy greens. Christine Lennon, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Hunger Games," 11 June 2012 And Milwaukeeans should gravitate toward fish pakora ($9.99), a plateful of swai fillets, each the size of a few bites, coated in chickpea flour and fried golden brown. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New owners bring fine flavors to Royal India restaurant on Milwaukee's south side," 12 June 2018 But construction has moved slower than your uncle after eating his second plateful at Thanksgiving dinner. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "For Oakland’s equity pot firms, finding space to grow is slow," 11 June 2018 There was a huge plateful of turkey-and-stuffing sandwiches. Mick Herron, WSJ, "Santa #9: A Christmas Short Story," 22 Dec. 2017 On those days, the house fills up with family and friends, all gathered around the table to eat a plateful of home cooking and enjoy each other’s company. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "6 Things You Loved About Growing Up in the South," 13 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of plateful

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Plateful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plateful

: the amount of food that fills a plate

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