plat·​ing ˈplā-tiŋ How to pronounce plating (audio)
: the act or process of plating
: a coating of metal plates
: a thin coating of metal

Example Sentences

spoons covered in silver plating
Recent Examples on the Web Some kitchen decor upgrades will do the trick, like this pair of mahogany boards, great for plating appetizers or family-style portions. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 17 Dec. 2022 The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help with cooking, packing, and plating meals, decorating, setup, cleanup, greeting guests, security, serving the meal to guests, delivering meals to the homebound, and more. Ellie Willard, The Arizona Republic, 23 Nov. 2022 The organization is looking for volunteers to help with cooking, packing and plating meals, decorating, cleaning up, greeting and serving guests and delivering cooked meals to those who cannot attend the celebration in person. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 11 Nov. 2022 Crenn and Tobman created a mood board for the dishes served — their ingredients, their plating and their storytelling — as well as the vessels, or the plate ware, that would carry them. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 Keep in Mind: It should be treated with care as gold plating will tarnish over time. Molly Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2022 Then mix modern metallic accents and drinkware with classic winter motif plating. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 17 Nov. 2022 Retrospekt upgraded the beloved model by stripping it of its original chrome exterior, replacing it with shiny gold plating. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2022 Hidden among mangroves, the in-the-sand, fine-dining restaurant specializes in modern Mexican fare with artful plating. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plating was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Plating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the act or process of covering especially with metal plate
: a coating of metal plates or plate
armor plating
the plating wore off the spoons

Medical Definition


plat·​ing ˈplāt-iŋ How to pronounce plating (audio)
: the spreading of a sample of cells or microorganisms on a nutrient medium in a petri dish
: the immobilization of a fractured bone by securing a metal plate to it
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