plat·ter | \ˈpla-tər \

Definition of platter 

1a : a large plate used especially for serving meat

b : plate sense 3c(2)

2 : a phonograph record

on a platter

: without effort : very easily can have the presidency on a platter— Jonathan Daniels

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Other Words from platter

platterful \ˈpla-tər-ˌfu̇l \ 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.
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On a platter, arrange tomato slices in overlapping layers. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Summery Tomato Salad Two Ways," 3 July 2018 The Real Madrid striker has struck four goals so far for Portugal but Fabregas, who failed to be named in Spain's squad this summer, has insinuated that his chances have been served to him on a platter., "Cesc Fabregas Questions Cristiano Ronaldo's Impact at World Cup Amidst Lionel Messi's Struggles," 23 June 2018 Arrange avocado and carrots on a platter, spoon any remaining sauce over, then top with mint leaves. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Sorry, Hotdogs: These Grilled Carrots With Avocado Are My Perfect Summer Food," 18 June 2018 One star bite on a platter at this price, though, is not enough. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Clever Rabbit boasts flavorful cocktails, but veggie-centric dishes lack freshness and seasoning," 18 July 2017 Top 4 cupcakes with blueberries, 8 with raspberries, and 8 with coconut; arrange on platter to resemble American flag. Good Housekeeping, "Cupcake Flag with Berries and Coconut," 28 May 2010 Everyone dumps their leftover scallop shells and pork bones onto the big platter at the center of the table, but the whiskey isn’t done yet and there’s some prawns left to go. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 Gently lift the cake off of the rack onto a serving platter. Jill O'connor,, "Cookbook celebrates versatility of oranges," 26 Mar. 2018 Just dip the closed ice cream container into a large bowl of hot water from the tap for 15-30 seconds, remove the lid, and invert onto a large platter or wood cutting board, then slice the servings with a hot knife. Jane Maynard, Cosmopolitan, "17 Life-Changing Cooking Hacks," 23 Apr. 2014

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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

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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 \

Kids Definition of platter

: a large plate used especially for serving meat

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