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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 \ ˈdild How to pronounce dilled (audio) \ adjective

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Once baked, the pancake emerges from the oven golden and fragrant, ready to be dolloped with the most heavenly, creamy yogurt-feta sauce that’s flecked with fresh dill. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "To deal with that glut of zucchini, a big, skillet pancake to the rescue," 14 Sep. 2019 The eggs worked great in lieu of potatoes, with the dill, pickles and rye bread coming together for a very punchy sandwich. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "How to upgrade your sandwich with clever twists on 5 classics," 22 Aug. 2019 Served lightly dusted with dill, three pierogi go for $5. Stephanie Sokol, chicagotribune.com, "Six pierogi spots to try at the annual Pierogi Fest in Whiting this weekend," 26 July 2019 To serve, pour into bowls and top with dill, basil, jalapeño and the toasted pumpkin seeds, then drizzle with the oil. Joe Yonan, Twin Cities, "When the summer slows you down, this cold avocado soup will pick you up," 18 July 2019 So, the short-term shopping list, for various reasons, looks like this: celery, mustard greens, dill, rhubarb, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, spinach and arugula. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Now is the time to get Southcentral Alaska produce - before the frost does," 12 Sep. 2019 The sale will also feature herb plants to include chamomile, cilantro, dill, parsley, sage, salad burnet and thyme. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County Master Gardeners annual Fall vegetable-herb plant sale scheduled Oct. 12," 11 Sep. 2019 Sprinkle the dill, olive oil, pumpkin seeds and ricotta salata over the top and serve immediately. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Erling Wu-Bower shares his signature recipes," 27 July 2019 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, chive, dill, ginger, lemon balm, Mexican tarragon, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram and thyme 6. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "August in the Garden," 27 July 2019

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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


\ ˈdil How to pronounce dill (audio) \

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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