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plate·​glass ˈplāt-ˈglas How to pronounce plateglass (audio)
often capitalized
: of, relating to, or being the British universities founded in the latter half of the 20th century compare oxbridge, redbrick sense 2

plate glass

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: rolled, ground, and polished sheet glass

Examples of plateglass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
What’s behind the plate glass wraparound windows that practically reach the sidewalk, tempting passers-by to step inside and check out the goods? Linda Dyett, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Surveillance video from inside the store shows individuals streaming through broken plate glass windows, rushing down aisles and jumping over the counter. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 24 Oct. 2023 As a test pilot roared past the crowd, six big plate glass windows and 27 smaller panes in the airport’s administration building shattered. John Kelly, Washington Post, 6 June 2023 It’s occupied by two sliders, a total of six panes of plate glass that nearly travel from floor to ceiling. John R. Ellement,, 24 May 2023 The snow not falling but flinging into, beating, the plate glass. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Nov. 2022 Currency from around the world hangs from a plate glass where the cashier sits. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2022 Drive to a building that has plate glass windows and pull in with your headlights facing the windows. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2021 In a world ruled by the precepts of natural law and honor, Shannon would have had the right to stand up, grab this bum by the collar, and throw him through a plate glass window. Corbin Smith, Rolling Stone, 7 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1968, in the meaning defined above


1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plateglass was in 1728

Dictionary Entries Near plateglass

plate girder


plate glass

Cite this Entry

“Plateglass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

plate glass

: fine glass in large sheets that has been ground and polished
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