plural dills
: 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
: the foliage or seeds of dill
dilled adjective

Examples of dill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They get dressed in a tangy buttermilk dressing, along with aromatic fresh dill and lemon zest. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 4 Nov. 2023 The dense but yielding fish cakes underscore her love of lemongrass, which doesn’t hide the presence of fresh dill and lime leaves in the ground catfish. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Add fresh dill just before serving to give this light pasta salad a hint of zing. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 3 Oct. 2023 Enjoy crunchy garden green beans year-round, perfectly seasoned with garlic, fresh dill, crushed red pepper, and Fresno Chili peppers. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 4 Nov. 2023 Fresh dill, salt, and pepper perfectly season this quick soup for a flavorful option for lunch or dinner. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Aug. 2023 Served over a bed of dreamy garlicky dill sour cream and topped with tender herbs, this dish is summer in a bite. Nina Moskowitz, Bon Appétit, 27 July 2023 Afterward, stir the shellfish in a light mixture of celery, mayonnaise, chives, dill, mustard, lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, and salt. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 1 Sep. 2023 Here’s the dill And now, here’s the juice on that pickle festival headed to Baltimore. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Dill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dill. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an herb related to the carrot and having aromatic foliage and seeds used especially in flavoring pickles

Medical Definition


: 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

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Sir John Greer 1881–1944 British general

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