a large, shallow dish, usually elliptical in shape, for holding and serving food, especially meat or fish.
a course of a meal, usually consisting of a variety of foods served on the same plate.
Slang. a phonograph record.
Movie Slang. a part of a motion-picture projector, consisting of a large, horizontally rotating disk that houses a feature film.

1250–1300; Middle English plater < Anglo-French, derivative of plat dish. See plate1, -er2 Unabridged
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platter (ˈplætə)
1.  a large shallow usually oval dish or plate, used for serving food
2.  a course of a meal, usually consisting of several different foods served on the same plate: a seafood platter
[C14: from Anglo-Norman plater, from plat dish, from Old French plat flat; see plate]

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Word Origin & History

c.1280, platere, from Anglo-Fr. plater, O.Fr. plate (see plate).
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Idioms & Phrases


see under hand to on a silver platter.

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Example sentences
After one more cautious step, she spotted her quarry: a cluster of platter-size bubbles frozen into the ice.
Mound them in a bowl or on a platter and garnish with the remaining asparagus,
  scallions, and sesame seeds.
Transfer the opened clams with a pair of chopsticks or tongs to a warm serving
  platter and keep warm.
Remove to a heated platter, dust with a little paprika, and garnish with
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