from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large shallow dish or plate, used especially for serving food.
  • n. A meal or course served on a platter.
  • n. Slang A phonograph record.
  • idiom on a platter Without exertion; effortlessly: always got what they wanted on a platter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tray for serving foods.
  • n. The part of a turntable on which a Gramophone record rests when being played, commonly made of aluminum, but sometimes high impact plastic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who plats or braids.
  • n. A large plate or shallow dish on which meat or other food is brought to the table.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plate; a large shallow dish for holding eatables; especially, a flat dish in which a fowl, a joint, or the like is placed to be carved.
  • n. One who plats, braids, or interweaves.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove
  • n. a large shallow dish used for serving food


Middle English plater, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French plate, plate; see plate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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