plat·​ter | \ ˈpla-tər How to pronounce platter (audio) \

Definition of platter

1a : a large plate used especially for serving meat
2 : a phonograph record
on a platter
: without effort : very easily can have the presidency on a platter— Jonathan Daniels

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from platter

platterful \ ˈpla-​tər-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce platterful (audio) \ noun

Examples of platter in a Sentence

large platters of hot turkey and ham The chicken platter comes with fries and coleslaw. She ordered the seafood platter.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Transfer the asparagus to a platter, then scrape any remaining toasty crumbs from the sheet pan onto the top, then sprinkle with dill. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Parmesan Roasted Asparagus," 10 Apr. 2019 Transfer tomatoes and garlic to platter; squeeze garlic cloves from skins. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Seared Steak with Blistered Tomatoes," 17 Aug. 2018 Grill, cut sides down, until charred, 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a platter. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Charred Gem Lettuce," 10 Aug. 2018 Remove the patties to a platter, cover them loosely with foil to keep warm, and set them aside to rest for about 5 minutes. Penelope Green, House Beautiful, "Recipe: The Best Turkey Burgers Your Summer Guests Will Ever Taste," 1 July 2014 But at the mostly alfresco Arabian Tea House Café, the courtyard buzzes at brunch, as huge platters of Arab mezes and breads hit tables shaded by vines, and women in abayas gossip over pots of mint tea. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Andrew Zimmern's Back-Alley Tour of Dubai Dining," 18 Oct. 2018 Menu includes hearty okra stews with banku; fufu; kenkey; jollof rice and jerk chicken; and Jamaican beef patties — all at wallet-friendly prices (e.g. most platters are $13 and under). Michael Klein,, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 2018 Eucalyptus-scented towels are delivered to you on a silver platter after your round at Beaver Creek Golf Club. Discover Magazine, "5 Reasons Why Golfing in the Mountains Is Ideal," 25 June 2018 Vegetarian platters and snacks will be available for $5, including rice pilaf and channa masala, two deep-fried poori and channa masala with pickles, a bread and cheese pakora (fritter) plate, and a gulab jamun plate (similar to doughnuts in syrup). Naperville Sun, "Holi festival brings out the colors of spring," 27 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'platter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of platter

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for platter

Middle English plater, from Anglo-French, from plat plate

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about platter

Statistics for platter

Last Updated

20 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for platter

The first known use of platter was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for platter



English Language Learners Definition of platter

: a large plate that is used for serving food and especially meat
: the food that is served on a platter
: a meal in a restaurant that has a particular type of food


plat·​ter | \ ˈpla-tər How to pronounce platter (audio) \

Kids Definition of platter

: a large plate used especially for serving meat

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on platter

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with platter

Spanish Central: Translation of platter

Nglish: Translation of platter for Spanish Speakers

Comments on platter

What made you want to look up platter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!