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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The tea itself nestles in the corner of the table, eclipsed by the table’s centerpiece: a conical stack of silver platters loaded with delicate sandwiches, fresh scones and inventive pastries. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The Delicate Architecture of Puff Pastry," 3 Jan. 2020 Drink and food specials like the cookie platter paired with a milk punch will be on offer. Lost Lake and Golden Teardrops for some stylish holiday digs. Joseph Hernandez, Condé Nast Traveler, "Christmas in Chicago: 23 Festive Things to Do This Season," 5 Dec. 2019 This crystal-style platter is the perfect starting block to layer on favorites like brie, sharp cheddar, and goat cheese alongside jams and assorted nuts. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "10 must-have deals from Anthropologie's incredible sale," 18 Nov. 2019 The $38 crab cake platter was massively overseasoned one visit, fishy and bland the next. Christina Tkacik,, "Review: On the hunt for a great crab cake? Don’t go to the Choptank.," 14 Nov. 2019 The platters are usually ceramic, glass or aluminum and work like a record player. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How To Wipe a Computer of All Your Personal Data," 6 Nov. 2019 Lobster rolls start at $16, soups are $6 to $10 and mixed platters are $12 to $38. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A tasting tour under Carlsbad’s windmill," 12 Sep. 2019 If running Google weren’t responsibility enough, its head honcho now has another massive job on his platter: helming Alphabet’s entire business. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Besides the proverbial torch, Google founders are passing a laundry list of troubles to Sundar Pichai," 4 Dec. 2019 Throw them on your platter, throw your integrity out the window and take the credit. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "tl;dr: Thanksgiving survival tips, gift guides for exhausted shoppers and how Krampus came to America," 27 Nov. 2019

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

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Platter.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce platter (audio) \

Kids Definition of platter

: a large plate used especially for serving meat

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