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 Finish the side dish with diced veggies, chopped crispy bacon, fresh dill, and chopped dill pickles to drive home the theme. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2024 The bagel was topped with vegan cream cheese, marinated tomato lox, capers, onion and dill. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 8 July 2024 There’s even an option for pickle lovers, the Hardy Pickle Pizza with breaded chicken, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and dill pickles, topped with a drizzle of garlic dill ranch sauce. Mari Pressley, Charlotte Observer, 1 July 2024 Prawns in arak are served with a sauce of tomatoes and dill with arak, a liqueur with a robust licorice flavor. Laura Ness, The Mercury News, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for dill 

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

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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