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[pleyt-foo l] /ˈpleɪt fʊl/
noun, plural platefuls.
the amount that a plate will hold.
a large portion or quantity:
a plateful of contracts to negotiate.
Origin of plateful
1760-70; plate1 + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When the talking was over sweetmeats were brought, and His Highness sent me a plateful from his table.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • If you're going to eat, you might at least bring a plateful, so we can have some, too.

  • Austin helped himself to a plateful of black cherries, while his aunt toyed with a peach.

    Austin and His Friends Frederic H. Balfour
  • And with this the devil put a plateful of gold coins into the prince's bag.

  • A plateful for each of the three meals should be placed in the refrigerator ready for use.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • "I believe I'd trade my watch for a plateful of bread and butter," said Francis.

    A Fourth Form Friendship Angela Brazil
  • Nothing stopped his staring until we had finished a plateful a-piece and some beer in his cottage among his family.

  • Diantha set the plateful on the table, puffy, brown, and crisply crusted.

    What Diantha Did Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The rays fell from a thick green funnel in a plateful of strong light upon a table deep in books.

    A Thief in the Night E. W. Hornung

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