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

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 Jakob reacted by grabbing another plateful of food. New York Times, 14 July 2022 People were making varenyky, soft Ukrainian dumplings stuffed with cheese or sauerkraut, by the plateful. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Or the lower spoiler, the Hyundai a plateful of triangular quesadilla slices. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 Mar. 2022 This week’s lineup of entertainment options includes a plateful of funny ladies. oregonlive, 2 Feb. 2022 The brakes resist fade more stubbornly than a kid faced with eating a plateful of broccoli. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 Picture a plateful of flounder leaping off the dish and chomping the epicure’s nose. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 And the cencioni’s meaty chew made the dish just as satisfying as a plateful of tteok. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Oct. 2021 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, 26 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of plateful

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of plateful was in 1641

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24 Jul 2022

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“Plateful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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