blue plate

noun
1.
a plate, often decorated with a blue willow pattern, divided by ridges into sections for holding apart several kinds of food.
2.
Also called blue plate special. a specially priced main course, as of meat and vegetables, listed as an item on a menu, especially in an inexpensive restaurant.

Origin:
1940–45

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Main Entry:  blue plate
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to a full restaurant meal ordered as a single item, often as a special of the day; also written blue-plate
Etymology:  from blue compartmentalized plates once used at fixed-price restaurants
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Example sentences
Instead, a new standard plate will be issued to replace the blue plate.
Lunch items include burgers, sandwiches and the daily blue plate special that comes with free dessert.
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