Definition of platter in English:

platter

noun

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

    • ‘Donovan and Darius sprang to life, scooping food onto their plates before passing the platters and dishes to their father.’
    • ‘Isaiah reached for a serving platter, glancing down the table at Tara.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here, candlelight transforms the plainest dish until our platters glitter like the wish for love and bliss.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Carrie also posts notes on serving bowls and platters to designate which goes with each recipe.’
    • ‘Decorative serving platters also make great presents for the culinarily gifted.’
    • ‘Select foods that can be served cold or at room temperature and that can be served family style on large platters for quick serving.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They smelled heavenly as she put them on a serving platter.’
    • ‘She began arranging the pears on a serving platter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arrange the fish on a serving platter, and pour the remaining saffron water over the fish.’
    • ‘Frilled ones can even be used to decorate a serving platter.’
    • ‘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
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    1. 1.1 A quantity of food served on a platter.
      ‘huge platters of cold cuts’
      • ‘An adjoining reception area is festooned with lights and full of platters of cheese.’
      • ‘Here guests play a big role, setting out potluck platters of finger foods.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In this hot weather I'd go for platters of food that requires little or no preparation or cooking.’
      • ‘Long wooden tables were laden with goblets of ale and platters of meats, fruits, cheeses, and breads.’
      • ‘Ms. Bing and I asked for help distributing the platters of cookies, fruit, napkins, plates and cups of lemonade.’
      • ‘Instead we arrange the platters of food and remove bread from the oven and fill cups with grape juice and wine.’
      • ‘There would also be platters of fruit and other extras provided in rooms.’
      • ‘Athough it wasn't what I was expecting - having seen platters of dark grilled meat pass by - it was nourishing and tasty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Several long tables, covered with colorful tablecloths, were heaped with bowls of fruit, platters of meat, sheets of cake, all generously garnished.’
      • ‘And when you're hauling platters of hot food, moving freely is the key to happiness.’
      • ‘We were served platters of Marco Polo meat and treated like visiting dignitaries, then informed we were going to prison.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the feast there was every kind of steamed vegetable imagined, there were even platters of cheese!’
      • ‘Beside them, the table groaned under the weight of heaping platters of food.’
      • ‘There was a roasted pig, live chickens, platters of Chinese biscuits, fruit, alcohol and so much food!’
      portion, helping, plateful, plate, bowlful
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    2. 1.2 A meal or selection of food placed on a platter, especially one served in a restaurant.
      ‘I'll have the seafood platter’
      • ‘We always have some food and actually the platters we did have were very good value for huge amounts of food.’
      • ‘For starters, a selection of fresh sushi and sashimi platters are offered.’
      • ‘Order a seafood platter for 2 and eat it in the lovely garden that leads down to the cliff's edge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We went for lunch, which consisted of an assorted platter of fried seafood in the café part of the restaurant.’
      • ‘And it is often used to produce decorative effects on 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.’
      • ‘Everyone except Dominic was already in the dining room, milling about, talking, as they waited to uncover the cold food platters.’
      • ‘Delightful Kitchen Diva Ann Browne served up cold platters all during the day that were a joy to savour.’
      • ‘The meze platter at Stars is just one of those powerhouse bar items.’
      • ‘After 6.30 pm, they up the stakes, with some fine fresh shellfish platters, oysters and sushi to accompany your tipple.’
      • ‘Charcuterie platters are best washed down with a dark German lager or dunkel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today was Friday, that means the cafeteria was serving fruit platters for lunch.’
      • ‘The sushi platter isn't bad and the atmosphere is right out of Starsky & Hutch meets Soul Train.’
      • ‘The cooks outdid themselves with all manner of sandwiches, cold cut platters, salads and other goodies shipped and stowed just for the occasion.’
  • 2The rotating metal disk forming the turntable of a record player.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jeck's endlessly rotating platters, like the whirr of moving film, serve as a constant reminder of the time-based nature of the medium.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The hub upon which the platter was mounted was phosphor bronze, and weighed an additional 17 pounds.’
    • ‘The smaller disc platters also inherently make less noise.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1informal, dated 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.’
      • ‘It started with a few scratchy 45s that an aunt had bestowed on me as an alternative to throwing the precious platters in the direction of a Blue Peter bring-and-buy sale.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Right now I'm chilling with Jurassic 5, and Tool primarily, but I've been dusting off my old Public Enemy platters.’
      • ‘As a longtime lover of Kelly's work, I've been dying to hear this platter for decades.’
      • ‘Like its counterpart on the other side of the platter, this audio track is very weak and also seems to have a subtle hum in the background.’
      • ‘Sounds Eclectic 3 is a good sampler platter of what's been going on in music over the past few years.’
      • ‘But I've heard and ingested a lot of the heavyweights, and this intense platter even knocks them out.’
    2. 2.2Computing 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.’
      • ‘Typically, up to five magnetic storage discs, known as platters, are used.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hard disks have platters that spin at very high speeds these days, and optical drives like DVD and CD units generate noise too.’

Phrases

  • on a (silver) platter

    • informal Used to indicate that someone receives or achieves something with little or no effort.

      ‘you're being offered this opportunity on a silver platter’
      • ‘But the press wasn't interested in making it happen, even though Dean was serving up the chance on a silver platter.’
      • ‘Do they expect us to surrender our lives on a silver platter?’
      • ‘This time, he followed it up with a better-thought out statement which, really, handed the Republicans an attack on a silver platter.’
      • ‘The young already have a terrible problem with entitlement - they all seem to believe that life's riches should come handed to them on a silver platter and that work is for morons.’
      • ‘He has handed it on a silver platter to the sporting public in the UK that even those in Wales and Scotland dismissive of silver spoons and mad dogs and Englishmen, can't fail to warm to.’
      • ‘You couldn't give me either collection on a silver platter, but they obviously mean something to the collector and I respect that.’
      • ‘A great achiever, Dr Kalam says that success does not come on a platter.’
      • ‘‘Students think they can have their education handed to them on a silver platter,’ Tarragon said.’
      • ‘In an age where most Bollywood stars would kill for a role in a Hollywood film, the opportunity has come on a platter for Satish Kaushik.’
      • ‘The opportunity to overthrow the Labour budget was handed to them on a silver platter and they lacked the courage to accept it.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

platter

/ˈplædər//ˈpladər/