from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A case with shelves or any other device in which plates are held before a fire, over a hot-air register, etc., to be warmed.
  • n. A hollow metallic tray, of the size and form of a plate, filled with hot water and placed at table beneath a dinnerplate to keep it warm.


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  • But the little rubicund old bachelor with a pigtail, whose portrait was over the sideboard (and who could easily be identified as decidedly Pebbleson and decidedly not Nephew), had retired into another sarcophagus, and the plate-warmer had grown as cold as he.

    No Thoroughfare

  • Under the sideboard stands a cellaret that looks as if it held half a bottle of currant wine, and a shivering plate-warmer that never could get any comfort out of the wretched old cramped grate yonder.

    Mens Wives

  • Inside the high fender the hearth had been freshly holy stoned and Gran's old plate-warmer still stood there, a curious affair of turned wood, like a giant caltrop.

    Rose cottage

  • With these would be served either four or six dishes of vegetables and scalloped oysters, handed hot from the plate-warmer.

    Plantation Sketches

  • The ordinary plate-warmer is now superseded by something far better, in which a hot brick is introduced.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • The silver dishes should be heated by hot water in the kitchen, the hot dinner plates must be forthcoming from the plate-warmer, nor must the roasts or

    Manners and Social Usages

  • How fond we were of one another, when she did come out at last; and what a state of bliss I was in, when we took Jip out of the plate-warmer, and restored him to the light, sneezing very much, and were all three reunited!

    David Copperfield

  • There I found my blessed darling stopping her ears behind the door, with her dear little face against the wall; and Jip in the plate-warmer with his head tied up in a towel.

    David Copperfield

  • He would sometimes think he had got the better of his objection, and be amiable for a few minutes; and then would put up his snub nose, and howl to that extent, that there was nothing for it but to blind him and put him in the plate-warmer.

    David Copperfield

  • An accompaniment of the kitchen fireplace, found, not in farmhouses, but among luxury-loving town-folk, was the plate-warmer.

    Home Life in Colonial Days


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