Definition of cheese plate in US English:

cheese plate


  • 1A small plate used for cheese at the end of a meal; (also in extended use) a large, flat button resembling such a plate (more fully "cheese-plate button") (obsolete).

  • 2A large plate on which cheese is served; a selection of cheeses served alone or as part of a meal.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Kenelm Digby (1603–1665), natural philosopher and courtier.