• To cover the surface material of an object with a thin coat of another material, usually a metal.
  • To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.
  • To score a run.
  • To arm or defend with metal plates.
  • To beat into thin plates.
  • To specify which airline a ticket will be issued on behalf of.
  • to categorise stamps based on their position on the original sheet, in order to reconstruct an entire sheet.
  • (particularly with early British stamps) to identify the printing plate used.


  • Middle English, from Old French plate, from Medieval Latin plata, from Vulgar Latin *plattus, from Ancient Greek πλατύς ("broad, flat, wide"). Compare Spanish plato.
  • Middle English, partly from Anglo-Norman plate and partly from Latin plata ("silver"), from Vulgar Latin *platta ("metal plate"), from feminine of Latin *plattus ("flat").
  • From Spanish plata.

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