noun \ˈdish\

: 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

a :  a more or less concave vessel from which food is served
b :  the contents of a dish <a dish of strawberries>
a :  food prepared in a particular way
b :  something one particularly enjoys :  cup of tea
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
a :  something that is favored <entertainment that is just his dish>
b :  an attractive or sexy person
:  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

Related to DISH

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with DISH



: to talk about the personal life of someone else

Full Definition of DISH

transitive verb
:  to put (as food for serving) into a dish —often used with up
:  present —usually used with up
:  to make concave like a dish
:  to disclose or discuss especially publicly <dish the dirt>
:  to pass (a basketball) to a teammate —often used with off
intransitive verb
:  gossip; also :  to disclose private or personal information
:  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>

First Known Use of DISH

14th century
DISH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈdish\

Definition of DISH for Kids

:  a usually round shallow container used for cooking or serving food
dish·es plural :  all items (as plates and silverware) used for cooking and eating food <Would you dry the dishes?>
:  the food in a container for serving or eating <a dish of strawberries>
:  food that is prepared in a particular way <an Italian dish>
:  a round shallow object <a radar dish>
July 01, 2015
precarious Hear it
not certain, secure, or steady
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