Combination plate

Nepalese dal bhat served on a thali, a type of compartment plate

A combination plate can refer to several things, including:


A combination plate of American Chinese food, served on a disposable compartment plate dish

A combination plate may refer to a meal or plate with a combination of foods.[1][2][3]


A combination plate may refer to a type of tableware plate, dish or platter that is designed with separate compartments for foods to be placed in.[4] This has also been referred to as a compartment plate[3] and a partition plate. Combination plate meals are sometimes served on this type of plate.[3] In Nepal, this type of plate is called a thaali, and is typically made of metal.[5] In Nepalese cuisine, the dish daal bhaat is often served on a thaali.[5] In the United States, compartment plates have been used to serve table d'hôte dinners.[3] In the United States, combination plates have been used as a part of U.S. army mess kits.[6]


In dentistry, the term has referred to dentures prepared and cast with a combination of materials, such as gold and rubber, plastic and metallic material,[7] and gold and porcelain.[8]


In gemology, a combination plate refers to two or more crystals and/or minerals that have formed in a combination.


In printing and graphic arts, a printing plate that has "both halftones and line drawings, often combined"[9][10]

Wall plate

A combination wall plate

A combination plate can refer to a combination wall plate that has a combination of ports for switches, plugs, etc.[11][12][13]

See also


  1. "Pei Mei's Chinese Cook Book (培梅食谱)". III. p. 3. ISBN 9867997670.
  2. Catering Industry Employee. Hotel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union. 1918. p. 52.
  3. 1 2 3 4 The Hotel/motor Hotel Monthly. Clissold Publishing Company. 1913. p. 55.
  4. "Patent US2042801 - Combination dish". Patent file date: April 10, 1933. Patent publication date: June 2, 1936.
  5. 1 2 Mayhew, B.; Bindloss, J.; Armington, S. (2006). Nepal. Ediz. Inglese. Country Guides (in Turkish). Lonely Planet. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-74059-699-2.
  6. Brown, J.E. (2001). Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Army. Gale virtual reference library. Greenwood Press. p. 307. ISBN 978-0-313-29322-1. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  7. The Southern Dental Journal. R.A. Holliday. 1891. p. 59. ISSN 1053-5047
  8. Harlan, A.W.; Johnson, C.N. (1915). The Dental Review: A Monthly Journal Devoted to the Advancement of Dentistry. H.D. Justi & Son. pp. 37–38.
  9. "Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology".
  10. Wijnekus, F.J.M.; Wijnekus, E.F.P.H. (2013). Dictionary of the Printing and Allied Industries: In English (with definitions), French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian. Elsevier Science. p. 357. ISBN 978-1-4832-8984-7.
  11. Popular Science. Bonnier Corporation. p. 6. ISSN 0161-7370
  12. Do-it-yourself Retailing. National Retail Hardware Association. 1986. p. 148. ISSN 8750-2569
  13. Company, Western Electric (1916). Electrical Supply Year Book. The Company. p. 526.

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