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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PLATE, n. Also plait- (Jam.); plet (Rxb. 1805 A. Scott Poems 100; Abd. 1867 A. Allardyce Goodwife 9, 1879 G. MacDonald Sir Gibbie xliv); dim. platie (Ayr. 1786 Burns Twa Dogs 223). Sc. combs., phr. and derivs.: (1) platal, n., a plateful (Ags. 1966). Cf. Cairtle, Cogill, Hantle; (2) plaitings,, a composite name given to the sole and cheek plates of a ploughsock; †(3) plate-jack, a short coat or jacket of mail or plated armour; (4) plate-man, the church elder who holds or guards the plate (Sc. 1874 A. Hislop Sc. Anecdote 546); (5) plate of tricks, in Weaving: the part of a loom where the jacks go through (Ayr. 1951); (6) plate-sole, see Sole.(1) Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) 88:
I min try ye wi' a platal o' kale.
(2) Fif. 1825 Jam.:
The two pieces of iron below the sock are called plaitings.
(3) Sc. c.1720 Bewick and Graham in Child Ballads No. 211 xxii.:
He put on his back a good plate-jack, And on his head a cap of steel.
Sc. 1802 Scott Minstrelsy 311:
His plate-jack was braced, and his helmet was laced.

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"Plate n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jul 2024 <>



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