adjective, often capitalized
plate·​glass | \ ˈplāt-ˈglas How to pronounce plateglass (audio) , -ˌglas \

Definition of plateglass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being the British universities founded in the latter half of the 20th century — compare oxbridge, redbrick sense 2

plate glass


Definition of plate glass (Entry 2 of 2)

: rolled, ground, and polished sheet glass

Examples of plateglass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The plate glass windows of the Twin Peaks Tavern have seen a lot of LGBTQ history. Tony Bravo,, "S.F. gay landmark Twin Peaks Tavern was in danger of closing. Its patrons helped keep it open — for now," 22 Jan. 2021 Behind the plate glass, three video monitors were playing short video clips of the animals. Steve Rubenstein,, "Chalk it up to 2020: To prevent crowds, pet adoption drive at Macy’s goes virtual," 24 Nov. 2020 Neiman Marcus and some 7-Eleven stores in downtown Dallas — damaged by vandals after racial justice protests this summer — boarded up their plate glass windows. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Downtown Dallas businesses prepping for potential Election Day unrest," 3 Nov. 2020 There was a full length plate glass covering the contents of the casket. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "His dad was Knute Rockne's last equipment manager, he left letters from Notre Dame coach," 23 Sep. 2020 By the time its winds that were gusting over 60 mph hit Baltimore on Oct. 15, pedestrians waiting for streetcars and buses were knocked over, while a plate glass window on a North Eutaw Street store exploded, mercifully injuring no one. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "The 1954 hurricane season in Maryland was one for the books," 5 Aug. 2020 The windows on Stanley Korshak facing Sixty Vines were broken but not its plate glass display windows facing the street. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Target opens some Dallas stores as protesters move overnight, causing damage to West End and Uptown businesses," 31 May 2020 Although Australia has almost quashed covid-19, social-distancing rules forced the campus to close in March, and only a few stragglers have stayed on amid the historic sandstone and modern plate glass. The Economist, "Bye degrees Australia’s foreign-student bubble has burst," 30 May 2020 Rockafeller’s has been in business for 31 years in a waterfront neighborhood south of the oceanfront, fishing and pleasure boats lining the creek outside its plate glass windows. Washington Post, "Virginia Beach merchants fret over beach closures as Memorial Day approaches," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of plateglass


1968, in the meaning defined above


1728, in the meaning defined above

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“Plateglass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of plate glass

: large sheets of very clear and thick glass

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