Definition of platter in English:



  • 1A large flat dish or plate, typically oval or circular in shape, used for serving food.

    • ‘Carrie also posts notes on serving bowls and platters to designate which goes with each recipe.’
    • ‘Select foods that can be served cold or at room temperature and that can be served family style on large platters for quick serving.’
    • ‘Along with elaborate vessels and sculpted creatures, Diakite creates platters, plates, bowls, and a variety of other forms that are sold as both functional objects and works of art.’
    • ‘Donovan and Darius sprang to life, scooping food onto their plates before passing the platters and dishes to their father.’
    • ‘She watched for a while, thinking, then tripped down to the kitchen, whipped up a pitcher of iced lemonade, and arranged it on a serving platter with several glasses.’
    • ‘Paul lifted the lid off his serving platter to reveal huge pieces of breaded pork covered in sweet-and-sour sauce on a bed of freshly steamed white rice.’
    • ‘Frederick has already started to produce his Christmas line of serving dishes, platters, bowls and teacups, which will be on sale at the open studio.’
    • ‘She picked up a plate and dished up food from the platters that Aidan had set on the blue tile covered buffet in the center of the kitchen.’
    • ‘Arrange the fish on a serving platter, and pour the remaining saffron water over the fish.’
    • ‘They smelled heavenly as she put them on a serving platter.’
    • ‘Frilled ones can even be used to decorate a serving platter.’
    • ‘Decorative serving platters also make great presents for the culinarily gifted.’
    • ‘Isaiah reached for a serving platter, glancing down the table at Tara.’
    • ‘While that's going on, put the bread bowl on a serving platter or an oversized plate, and artlessly arrange the bread chunks around it.’
    • ‘Left at the foot of her bed was a large platter with a dish of rice, a plate of sushi, a bowl of soup, a portion of mixed cooked vegetables, a cup of dipping sauce and a goblet of mineral water.’
    • ‘She began arranging the pears on a serving platter.’
    • ‘The serving platter was piled high with big chunks of pork bone - I couldn't figure out exactly where on the pig they came from, though some of the pieces looked suspiciously like vertebrae.’
    • ‘Here, candlelight transforms the plainest dish until our platters glitter like the wish for love and bliss.’
    • ‘Waitresses were running with platters and plates and drinks, one was making another pot of coffee, another was pouring coffee up and down the line.’
    • ‘This consisted of eight soup plates, eight platters, eight dinner plates, two soup tureens with lids, two meat plates, twelve tea plates, two gravy boats, two milk jugs, two sugar bowls, one teapot and six coffee cups.’
    plate, dish, serving plate, serving dish, salver, tray
    charger, trencher
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    1. 1.1A quantity of food served on a platter.
      ‘huge platters of cold cuts’
      • ‘There would also be platters of fruit and other extras provided in rooms.’
      • ‘And when you're hauling platters of hot food, moving freely is the key to happiness.’
      • ‘Here guests play a big role, setting out potluck platters of finger foods.’
      • ‘Long wooden tables were laden with goblets of ale and platters of meats, fruits, cheeses, and breads.’
      • ‘An adjoining reception area is festooned with lights and full of platters of cheese.’
      • ‘Athough it wasn't what I was expecting - having seen platters of dark grilled meat pass by - it was nourishing and tasty.’
      • ‘There was a roasted pig, live chickens, platters of Chinese biscuits, fruit, alcohol and so much food!’
      • ‘We were served platters of Marco Polo meat and treated like visiting dignitaries, then informed we were going to prison.’
      • ‘At the feast there was every kind of steamed vegetable imagined, there were even platters of cheese!’
      • ‘Instead we arrange the platters of food and remove bread from the oven and fill cups with grape juice and wine.’
      • ‘Ms. Bing and I asked for help distributing the platters of cookies, fruit, napkins, plates and cups of lemonade.’
      • ‘Beside them, the table groaned under the weight of heaping platters of food.’
      • ‘Several long tables, covered with colorful tablecloths, were heaped with bowls of fruit, platters of meat, sheets of cake, all generously garnished.’
      • ‘In this hot weather I'd go for platters of food that requires little or no preparation or cooking.’
      • ‘But for most of the night I sulked and pouted because I couldn't get stuck into the free flowing Leeuwin wines and the abundant platters of Margaret River cheeses.’
      • ‘There were mounds of cakes and rolls, platters of sliced meat, heaps of vegetables both raw and cooked (the latter still steaming), huge bowls full of rice.’
      • ‘For the main course, platters of beef satay and chilled monkfish, stir-fried vegetables, jasmine rice, crispy roast duck and blackened cod will be served.’
      • ‘Indigenous people sit in the doorways weaving baskets or preparing small platters of fruit with the ubiquitous lime, salt and chilli for hungry passers-by.’
      • ‘Thus we hear of her first cheeseburger, the intimidations of Brie and Camembert served at Bryn Mawr, heaping platters of food passed at a black church, dysentery on a honeymoon in Mexico.’
      • ‘There are platters of fruit with bright quartered oranges, slices of pink melon with glistening black seeds, and pieces of green kiwi fruit, yellow banana.’
      portion, helping, plateful, plate, bowlful
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    2. 1.2A meal or selection of food placed on a platter, especially one served in a restaurant.
      ‘I'll have the seafood platter’
      • ‘We went for lunch, which consisted of an assorted platter of fried seafood in the café part of the restaurant.’
      • ‘After 6.30 pm, they up the stakes, with some fine fresh shellfish platters, oysters and sushi to accompany your tipple.’
      • ‘We always have some food and actually the platters we did have were very good value for huge amounts of food.’
      • ‘The meze platter at Stars is just one of those powerhouse bar items.’
      • ‘The sushi platter isn't bad and the atmosphere is right out of Starsky & Hutch meets Soul Train.’
      • ‘Order a seafood platter for 2 and eat it in the lovely garden that leads down to the cliff's edge.’
      • ‘Sushi platters are served by the dashing staff and music is an eclectic mix of ambient sounds that have probably been pre-approved by the owners.’
      • ‘Delightful Kitchen Diva Ann Browne served up cold platters all during the day that were a joy to savour.’
      • ‘Charcuterie platters are best washed down with a dark German lager or dunkel.’
      • ‘Crossover point is the seafood platter, served in the restaurant or on one of the frequent weekend barbecues (weather permitting).’
      • ‘Just 50 yards from the sea, the place has a jolly atmosphere, with lots of families tucking into enormous seafood platters.’
      • ‘We wrestled gamely with all this grub, but when the big beef platters hit the table, a few weaker souls (my wife, and the Englishwoman) threw in the towel.’
      • ‘The cooks outdid themselves with all manner of sandwiches, cold cut platters, salads and other goodies shipped and stowed just for the occasion.’
      • ‘You certainly have to tackle them at the beginning of your seafood platter, you never go back to them after the prawns and the langoustines and the crab - all of which, here, were fine.’
      • ‘The great food runs from burgers, steaks and grilled shrimp to blue cheese platters, while drinks include bottles of Veuve and shimmering glasses of pink Cosmopolitans.’
      • ‘Everyone except Dominic was already in the dining room, milling about, talking, as they waited to uncover the cold food platters.’
      • ‘Food is freshly cooked and carefully presented: Mrs Kearsley's crab salad platter, seafood chowder with aïoli, and roasted John Dory or chorizo with red wine sauce.’
      • ‘And it is often used to produce decorative effects on seafood platters.’
      • ‘For starters, a selection of fresh sushi and sashimi platters are offered.’
      • ‘Today was Friday, that means the cafeteria was serving fruit platters for lunch.’
  • 2Something shaped like platter, especially of a circular shape, in particular.

    • ‘The lobsters writhe in the silver weighing machine platter as he drops them in.’
    • ‘In a classic example of these nausea-inducing rides, you stand along the edge of a large circular platter, with your back against a perimeter wall.’
    1. 2.1dated, informal A phonograph record.
      • ‘There's no doubt that these young men have been known to pilfer the Gang of Four platters at their local record emporium yet once home have decided to stick with their ‘Dirk wears white sox’ era Adam and the Ants gear.’
      • ‘Visitors to this year's Spring Scream, which starts next Friday, might want to check out the sampler platter of punk bands from People's Records, a Japanese label based out of Beijing.’
      • ‘As a longtime lover of Kelly's work, I've been dying to hear this platter for decades.’
      • ‘Shined Nickels and Loose Change, the Rondelles' debut platter, is about as indie as you wanna get.’
      • ‘The Chemical Brother's new platter, Come With Us, isn't going to help the situation any.’
    2. 2.2The rotating metal disk forming the turntable of a record player.
      • ‘Fewer platters are mechanically desirable because it reduces noise and vibrations; the mass the spindle has to move is smaller, and problems aligning the heads are less likely.’
      • ‘She then looked upon the top of the box to observe that a shaft next to the black platter held a metal arm that ended in a round disc made of metal and glass from which a needle stuck out.’
      • ‘The smaller disc platters also inherently make less noise.’
      • ‘Jeck's endlessly rotating platters, like the whirr of moving film, serve as a constant reminder of the time-based nature of the medium.’
      • ‘The hub upon which the platter was mounted was phosphor bronze, and weighed an additional 17 pounds.’
      • ‘And, should their turntables survive what could very well be the very first punk band ever, it'll survive anything thrown onto the platter after The Sonics.’
    3. 2.3Computing A rigid rotating disk on which data is stored in a disk drive; a hard disk (considered as a physical object)
      • ‘A hard drop creates a shock that can cause the heads to slap against the hard drive's platter - pieces of the head can be scattered in the drive, and a microscopic dent can be left on the platter.’
      • ‘The design team solved the issue of thermal heat by using a disc platter that was reduced to a size of 2.5 in. or 65 millimeters in diameter.’
      • ‘Hard disks have platters that spin at very high speeds these days, and optical drives like DVD and CD units generate noise too.’
      • ‘As the different colored bits scroll by on the hard drive platter, you need to quickly read them in the correct order before you suffer a buffer underflow.’
      • ‘Typically, up to five magnetic storage discs, known as platters, are used.’


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French plater, from plat large dish (see plate).