Meaning of PLATE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pleɪt ]

( plates)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A plate is a round or oval flat dish that is used to hold food.

Anita pushed her plate away; she had eaten virtually nothing.


A plate of food is the amount of food on the plate.

...a huge plate of bacon and eggs.

N-COUNT : usu N of n


A plate is a flat piece of metal, especially on machinery or a building.



A plate is a small, flat piece of metal with someone’s name written on it, which you usually find beside the front door of an office or house.



On a road vehicle, the plates are the panels at the front and back which display the license number in the United States, and the registration number in Britain.

...dusty-looking cars with New Jersey plates.


see also number plate , license plate


Plate is dishes, bowls, and cups that are made of precious metal, especially silver or gold. and silver plate, jewellery, and roomfuls of antique furniture.



A plate in a book is a picture or photograph which takes up a whole page and is usually printed on better quality paper than the rest of the book.

Fermor’s book has 55 colour plates.



In geology, a plate is a large piece of the earth’s surface, perhaps as large as a continent, which moves very slowly. ( TECHNICAL )



If you have enough on your plate or have a lot on your plate , you have a lot of work to do or a lot of things to deal with.

We have enough on our plate. There is plenty of work to be done on what we have.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that someone has things handed to them on a plate , you disapprove of them because they get good things easily. ( mainly BRIT )

Even the presidency was handed to him on a plate.

PHRASE : V inflects [ disapproval ]

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.