WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ˈhot ˌplate, n. [countable]
  • Fooda portable appliance having an electrical unit for cooking.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    hot plate′, 
    1. Fooda portable appliance for cooking, formerly heated by a gas burner placed underneath it, now heated chiefly by an electrical unit in the appliance.
    2. Fooda hot meal, usually consisting of meat, potato, and a vegetable, served all on one plate and usually at a set price at a restaurant or lunch counter.
    3. Fooda plate that can retain heat in order to keep food hot.
    • 1835–45

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