from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A basket lined with metal, for removing plates and other utensils which have been used at table, preparatory to washing them.
  • n. A basket, usually divided into compartments, for holding the knives, forks, spoons, etc., in daily use.


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  • Major Pendennis the candle to go to bed, followed afterwards with the plate-basket; and the next morning brought him the key of the hall clock — the Squire always used to wind it up of a

    The History of Pendennis

  • Fourth, that I should do well to have an eye, that evening, on the plate-basket.

    The Moonstone

  • But the best of us have our weaknesses — and my weakness, when I know a family plate-basket to be out on a pantry-table, is to be instantly reminded of that basket by the sight of a strolling stranger whose manners are superior to my own.

    The Moonstone

  • A large plate-basket or two, for removing dishes and silver that have been used, are necessary, and should not be forgotten.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • "Grace has never so much as carried up the plate-basket."

    A Sheaf of Corn

  • She then took the plate-basket on her arm and went upstairs.

    Of Human Bondage

  • "If it says so in the Bible it is so, Philip," said Mrs. Carey gently, taking up the plate-basket.

    Of Human Bondage

  • The common noun hamper is from hanapier in a sense something like plate-basket.

    The Romance of Names

  • Colonel's plate-basket -- the big morocco case which contained his family miniatures, his Etruscan bronze vase, and his collection of gold coins.

    The Rebellion of Margaret

  • 'There isn't any silver in the plate-basket now,' Dora said.

    The Story of the Treasure Seekers


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