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dish

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noun \ˈdish\

Simple Definition of dish

  • : a shallow container that you cook or serve food in; specifically : a shallow bowl

  • : the food served in a dish

  • : food that is prepared in a particular way

Full Definition of dish

  1. 1 a :  a more or less concave vessel from which food is served b :  the contents of a dish <a dish of strawberries>

  2. 2 a :  food prepared in a particular way b :  something one particularly enjoys :  cup of tea

  3. 3 a (1) :  any of various shallow concave vessels; broadly :  anything shallowly concave (2) :  a directional receiver having a concave usually parabolic reflector; especially :  one used as a microwave or radar antenna b :  the state of being concave or the degree of concavity

  4. 4 a :  something that is favored <entertainment that is just his dish> b :  an attractive or sexy person

  5. 5 :  gossip 2a <the latest dish>

Examples of dish

  1. a small dish of ice cream

  2. Each person made a dish for the potluck supper.

  3. The restaurant serves some of my favorite dishes.

  4. We piled all the dishes in the sink after dinner.

  5. Will you wash the breakfast dishes, please?

  6. a sink full of dirty dishes



Origin of dish

Middle English, from Old English disc plate, from Latin discus quoit, disk, dish, from Greek diskos, from dikein to throw


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with dish


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dish

verb

Simple Definition of dish

  • : to talk about the personal life of someone else

Full Definition of dish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put (as food for serving) into a dish —often used with up

  3. 2 :  present —usually used with up

  4. 3 :  to make concave like a dish

  5. 4 :  to disclose or discuss especially publicly <dish the dirt>

  6. 5 :  to pass (a basketball) to a teammate —often used with off

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  gossip; also :  to disclose private or personal information

  9. 2 :  to pass a basketball to a teammate —often used with off

Examples of dish

  1. The two of them are always dishing about their coworkers.

  2. <for someone who claims to mind her own business, she sure knows how to dish>



14th Century

First Known Use of dish

14th century



DISH Defined for Kids

dish

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noun \ˈdish\

Definition of dish

  1. 1 :  a usually round shallow container used for cooking or serving food

  2. 2 dish·es plural :  all items (as plates and silverware) used for cooking and eating food <Would you dry the dishes?>

  3. 3 :  the food in a container for serving or eating <a dish of strawberries>

  4. 4 :  food that is prepared in a particular way <an Italian dish>

  5. 5 :  a round shallow object <a radar dish>





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