Definitions

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

  • n. The amount that a plate can hold.
  • n. A generous portion of food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quantity contained on a plate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Enough to fill a plate; as much as a plate will hold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. As much as a plate will hold.

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

  • n. the quantity contained in a plate

Etymologies

plate + -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This time I hit the FSB fringe buffet, where I managed not only to down a plateful of sandwiches and assorted foodstuffs in record time, but I also succeeded in escaping the room with a coffee before the meeting began.

    Saturday musings

  • She had taken over a plateful of freshly baked cookies.

    Fatal Error

  • My friend I have flown many missions for the navy in a search and rescue capacity, and I must say that I don't think that was nearly as scary as the thoughts of staring down a plateful of tofu moose!!!

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Of course, yesterday I ate five tacos al pastor as well (and a plateful of bacon for breakfast) - my logic being that the government. didn't tell people not to eat pork.

    Swine flu at Ground Zero (Mexico City): life in a masked city

  • When corporate executives take to conference calls to spin their employers 'quarterly earnings reports, listeners are usually rewarded with a heaping plateful of word salad.

    Faster Forward: Steve Jobs, tech pundit (annotated version)

  • There was a generous plateful of swordfish carpaccio with lemon and rocket to lighten things and, at the heavier end, grilled discs of Majorcan salami sobrasada to spread on walnut toast.

    Restaurant review: Aurelia

  • For the same $50 you can see a dozen museums in Little Rock and still have money left over for a plateful of tamales smothered with chili at Doe's Eat Place, Bill Clinton's favorite haunt.

    Pam Grout: Doing It On The Cheap In Little Rock

  • Eat the whole plateful if you like -- they total about 400 calories.

    Suzanne O'Malley: Day Five: Super Bowl XLVI Guilt-Free Cauliflower Breadsticks and Pizza

  • I happily gorged myself on a plateful of meat hacked off the roasting carcass, crispy skin included.

    Todd Farley: 7 Days in Detroit Public Schools

  • During the early stages of the second world war, she was the nurse in charge of a first-aid post, Knighton, Leicester, where schoolboy Richard Attenborough was a volunteer, offering to run errands, including fetching baked beans on toast from the canteen in the hope that he would get a plateful too.

    Family life

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