A plate is a type of dishware, being a
broad, concave but mainly flat vessel on which food
is served. Plates are commonly made from porcelain,
stoneware, plastic, or glass; occasionally, wood or
carved stone is used. Some porcelain plates are decorative
in nature and are meant to be displayed rather than
to be eaten from. The nonporous nature of plates made
of glass makes it easier to achieve ritual separation
of meat and dairy according to the laws of kashrut.
Plates for serving food come in a variety of sizes,
from small saucers, to bread and butter plates, to dinner
plates, to large platters from which food for several
people may be distributed at table.