Definition of “plate” - English Dictionary

“plate” in British English

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platenoun

uk /pleɪt/ us /pleɪt/

plate noun (DISH)

A1 [ C ] a flat, usually round dish with a slightly raised edge that you eat from or serve food from:

a dinner/salad plate
clean/dirty plates
There's still lots of food on your plate.

[ C ] also plateful an amount of food on a plate:

Stephen ate three plates of spaghetti.

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plate noun (FLAT PIECE)

[ C ] a flat piece of something that is hard and does not bend:

Thick bony plates protected the dinosaur against attack.
The ship's deck is composed of steel plates.

[ C ] specialized publishing a flat piece of metal with words and/or pictures on it that can be printed

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plateverb [ T ]

uk /pleɪt/ us /pleɪt/
-plated
suffix uk / -pleɪ.tɪd/ us / -pleɪ.t̬ɪd/

Gold-plated earrings are much cheaper than solid gold ones.
plating
noun [ U ] uk /ˈpleɪ.tɪŋ/ us /ˈpleɪ.t̬ɪŋ/

gold/silver plating

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(Definition of “plate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“plate” in American English

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platenoun

us /pleɪt/

plate noun (DISH)

[ C ] a flat dish on which food is served or from which it is eaten

also plateful [ C ] an amount of food on a plate:

Dominic helped himself to a plate of spaghetti.

plate noun (FLAT PIECE)

[ C ] a flat piece of something that is hard, does not bend, and is usually used to cover something:

Large, metal plates covered the trench in the roadway.

plate noun (LAYER)

earth science /pleɪt/ [ C ] one of the large moving layers of rock that the earth's surface is believed to be made of

plateverb [ T ]

us /pleɪt/

plate verb [ T ] (ADD THIN LAYER)

to cover a metal object with a thin layer of another metal, esp. gold or silver:

gold plated

(Definition of “plate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)