plate·​ful ˈplāt-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce plateful (audio)
: a quantity to fill a plate
also : a generous helping
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plateful was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Plateful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


plate·​ful ˈplāt-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce plateful (audio)
: a quantity to fill a plate
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