Definition of platter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpladər/


1A large flat dish or plate, typically oval or circular in shape, used for serving food.
Example sentences
  • Frederick has already started to produce his Christmas line of serving dishes, platters, bowls and teacups, which will be on sale at the open studio.
  • While that's going on, put the bread bowl on a serving platter or an oversized plate, and artlessly arrange the bread chunks around it.
  • Donovan and Darius sprang to life, scooping food onto their plates before passing the platters and dishes to their father.
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1.1A quantity of food served on a platter: huge platters of cold cuts
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  • But for most of the night I sulked and pouted because I couldn't get stuck into the free flowing Leeuwin wines and the abundant platters of Margaret River cheeses.
  • Long wooden tables were laden with goblets of ale and platters of meats, fruits, cheeses, and breads.
  • We were served platters of Marco Polo meat and treated like visiting dignitaries, then informed we were going to prison.
1.2A meal or selection of food placed on a platter, especially one served in a restaurant: I’ll have the seafood platter
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  • Crossover point is the seafood platter, served in the restaurant or on one of the frequent weekend barbecues (weather permitting).
  • The cooks outdid themselves with all manner of sandwiches, cold cut platters, salads and other goodies shipped and stowed just for the occasion.
  • Food is freshly cooked and carefully presented: Mrs Kearsley's crab salad platter, seafood chowder with aïoli, and roasted John Dory or chorizo with red wine sauce.
2Something shaped like platter, especially of a circular shape, in particular.
Example sentences
  • The lobsters writhe in the silver weighing machine platter as he drops them in.
  • In a classic example of these nausea-inducing rides, you stand along the edge of a large circular platter, with your back against a perimeter wall.
2.1 informal, dated A phonograph record.
Example sentences
  • As a longtime lover of Kelly's work, I've been dying to hear this platter for decades.
  • Shined Nickels and Loose Change, the Rondelles' debut platter, is about as indie as you wanna get.
  • The Chemical Brother's new platter, Come With Us, isn't going to help the situation any.
2.2The rotating metal disk forming the turntable of a record player.
Example sentences
  • She then looked upon the top of the box to observe that a shaft next to the black platter held a metal arm that ended in a round disc made of metal and glass from which a needle stuck out.
  • The smaller disc platters also inherently make less noise.
  • Jeck's endlessly rotating platters, like the whirr of moving film, serve as a constant reminder of the time-based nature of the medium.
2.3 Computing A rigid rotating disk on which data is stored in a disk drive; a hard disk (considered as a physical object).
Example sentences
  • Hard disks have platters that spin at very high speeds these days, and optical drives like DVD and CD units generate noise too.
  • As the different colored bits scroll by on the hard drive platter, you need to quickly read them in the correct order before you suffer a buffer underflow.
  • Typically, up to five magnetic storage discs, known as platters, are used.


on a (silver) platter

informal Used to indicate that someone receives or achieves something with little or no effort: you’re being offered this opportunity on a silver platter
More example sentences
  • In an age where most Bollywood stars would kill for a role in a Hollywood film, the opportunity has come on a platter for Satish Kaushik.
  • The opportunity to overthrow the Labour budget was handed to them on a silver platter and they lacked the courage to accept it.
  • A great achiever, Dr Kalam says that success does not come on a platter.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French plater, from plat 'large dish' (see plate).

  • plate from Middle English:

    A plate first described a flat, thin sheet, usually made of metal. It goes back, via medieval Latin plata ‘plate armour’, to Greek platus ‘flat’. Plate as in dinner plate is from the Old French form, plat which meant both platter (ME from the same source) ‘large dish’, and ‘dish of meat’. Plateau (late 18th century) is from Old French platel, a ‘little plate’. Platform (mid 16th century) is from French plateforme ‘ground plan’ (literally ‘flat shape’), and platitude (early 19th century) is from plat in the sense of a dull, flat form of expression. Early explorers of Australia found they had to find names for many new animals. They turned to local languages for some names ( see kangaroo), but for others they invented new Latin and Greek terms as in the duck-billed platypus. The name given to the animal by George Shaw in 1799 in his Naturalist's Miscellany and is a Latinate form of the Greek platupous ‘flat-footed’ formed from platus and pous ‘foot’, describing the shape of its large, webbed feet. See also plain

Words that rhyme with platter

attar, batter, bespatter, chatter, clatter, flatter, hatter, Kenyatta, latter, matamata, matter, natter, patter, ratter, regatta, satyr, scatter, shatter, smatter, spatter, splatter, yatter

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Syllabification: plat·ter

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