from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small plate of glass or china, three or four inches in diameter, formerly used to hold a teacup from which the tea had been poured into the saucer to cool.
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Each of these I will stamp, lay on a dapper glass cup-plate, and at tea-time several dear ones in various households will find these astonishing little pats beside them.
But she liked Hatty; so she tied a great check apron round her, tucked her curls behind her ears, and gave her a bit of paste, and a little cup-plate on which to make herself a pie.
-- The little glass stands in a small tin saucer or shallow dish, and the custom is to more than fill the glass, so that some extra brandy rung over into this tin saucer or cup-plate, to the manifest gain of the consumer.
a cup-mat, or cup-plate, to each, and a napkin at the right side of each person.