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

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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 Take this salade Niçoise, Mr. Seeger’s third Slow Food Fast contribution, a plateful of seasonal bounty. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Salade Niçoise: 20-Minute Recipe," 7 June 2017 The combination can top a plateful of crispy tortilla chips that have been generously sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese and popped into the oven for quick melting. Karen Kane, charlotteobserver, "3 really easy sauces will make any dinner better," 9 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of plateful

: the amount of food that fills a plate

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