\ˈdil \

Definition of dill 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : any of several plants of the carrot family especially : a European herb (Anethum graveolens) with aromatic foliage and seeds both of which are used in flavoring foods and especially pickles

b : the foliage of dill


biographical name
\ˈdil \

Definition of Dill (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir John Greer 1881–1944 British general

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from dill


dilled adjective

Examples of dill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Common culprits behind this reaction include citrus fruits (limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit), celery, carrots, wild parsnip, dill, and parsley, as well as fig and fig leaves. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Beware of Phytophotodermatitis, The Weird Sun Reaction That Could Definitely Ruin Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, dill, and remaining tablespon lemon juice. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mustard-Dill Salmon with Crispy Asparagus Fries," 7 Mar. 2018 Made with foraged desert juniper, the magenta flowers of the walking stick cholla cactus, osha root, locally farmed Cascade hops, and white sage, the gin conveys cucumber, dill, and earthy flavors. Sunset, "6 Botanical Gins We’re Loving Right Now," 22 Jan. 2018 Closer investigation showed them to be black swallowtail butterfly larvae, also known as parsley worms, which feed on the foliage of umbels — plants in the carrot/parsley/dill/fennel family with short flower stalks that spread from a common point. Sally Mccabe, Philly.com, "June 15-21: In the garden, it's time to…," 15 June 2018 Okroshka, a cooler summer soup, is made with the same yogurt as in kurut, although here the salt has subsided; crisp radish and dill lend brightness, and a quail egg, chopped, a hint of cream. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Cafe Dushanbe, a Chef Stays True to His Tajik Roots," 21 June 2018 Asparagus and dill salad Makes 4 servings 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces Sea salt and pepper Champagne vinaigrette (recipe follows) Dill for serving Parmesan for serving 1. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Take picnic food up a notch by adding Parisian flair | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 In addition to the above, the other herbs featured in our kitchen cutting garden include dill, tarragon, oregano, thyme, rosemary, chamomile, lemon balm, basil, St. John’s Wort and lavender. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "‘Goat’ herb garden always within convenient kitchen reach," 22 June 2018 Add fennel, chickpeas, roasted red pepper, olives, dill, and shallot and toss to coat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Veggie Niçoise Pitas," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dill.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dill


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dill


Middle English dile, from Old English; akin to Old High German tilli dill

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dill

Statistics for dill

Last Updated

17 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dill

The first known use of dill was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dill



English Language Learners Definition of dill

: an herb with leaves that are used in cooking and with seeds that are used in flavoring foods such as pickles


\ˈdil \

Kids Definition of dill

: an herb that is related to the carrot plant and has fragrant leaves and seeds used in flavoring foods and especially pickles


\ˈdil \

Medical Definition of dill 

: any of several plants of the family Umbelliferae especially : a European herb (Anethum graveolens) with aromatic seeds and foliage that are used in flavoring foods and especially pickles

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on dill

What made you want to look up dill? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


by force of circumstances

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!