\ 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
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Definition of Dill (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir John Greer 1881–1944 British general

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dilled adjective

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In large bowl, lightly beat 1 large egg, then add dried unseasoned breadcrumbs, chopped dill, mint, parsley, and finely grated lemon zest. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Skillet Meatballs," 24 Oct. 2018 Think bass fish filets and boiled potatoes with dill and many of the aforementioned specialities. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Learning From Sardinia, Where Locals Live La Dolce Vita Longer Than Anyone Else," 16 July 2018 For those looking to booze it up, there will also be bloody marys made with cucumber-dill CH vodka, PST’s special mix and turmeric pickles, and served with Anchor Steam beer or a green juice sidecar. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Eat lobster at III Forks, sip beer at the zoo, plus other weekend offerings," 14 June 2018 Another new dish is the Chick-Ago sandwich; setting aside the dreadful name, the sandwich of pickle-brined, breaded chicken thighs with tempura sport peppers, tomato and dill aioli sounds pretty tasty. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Wrigley Field adds smoker, Garrett Popcorn, Chick-Ago sandwich to 2018 lineup," 28 Mar. 2018 For those people who chug the juice right out of the pickle jar, this news is a really big dill. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Yum or yuck? Sonic will offer a pickle juice slush this summer | The Kansas City Star," 19 Mar. 2018 In a small bowl, combine garlic, half of dill, 2 tablespoon oil, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Dill-Crusted Pork and Farro Salad," 11 June 2018 While everything is roasting, make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, dill, basil, parsley, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Once the potatoes are crisp on both sides, add dill and garlic and gently mix. Nick Marino, New York Times, "A Food Artist’s Surprisingly Low-Key Recipe (That She Eats With Her Hands)," 2 July 2018

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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

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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


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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


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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

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