\ ˈdish How to pronounce dish (audio) \
plural dishes

Definition of dish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a more or less concave vessel from which food is served
b : the contents of a dish a dish of strawberries
c dishes : all the things (such as plates, utensils, glasses, and pots) that are used to prepare, serve, or eat a meal dishes piled in the sink We washed the dinner dishes.
2a : food prepared in a particular way
b : something one particularly enjoys : cup of tea
3a(1) : any of various shallow concave vessels broadly : anything shallowly concave
(2) : a directional receiver having a concave usually parabolic reflector especially : one used as a microwave or radar antenna
b : the state of being concave or the degree of concavity
4a : something that is favored entertainment that is just his dish
b : an attractive or sexy person
5 : gossip sense 2a the latest dish


dished; dishing; dishes

Definition of dish (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put (something, such as food for serving) into a dish often used with up
2 : present usually used with up
3 : to make concave like a dish
4 : to disclose or discuss especially publicly dish the dirt
5 : to pass (a basketball) to a teammate often used with off

intransitive verb

1 : gossip also : to disclose private or personal information
2 : to pass a basketball to a teammate often used with off

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Synonyms for dish

Synonyms: Noun


Synonyms: Verb

blab, gossip, talk, tattle, wag

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Examples of dish in a Sentence


a small dish of ice cream Each person made a dish for the potluck supper. The restaurant serves some of my favorite dishes. We piled all the dishes in the sink after dinner. Will you wash the breakfast dishes, please? a sink full of dirty dishes


The two of them are always dishing about their coworkers. for someone who claims to mind her own business, she sure knows how to dish
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Every dish and many parts of the restaurant have significance. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Vietnam native combined the best of Wisconsin and Vietnam for a new Menomonee Falls restaurant," 10 July 2019 Makes 4 servings Lemon, dill, and chives, added at the end, brighten the dish and complement the nuttiness of the grain. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Three new ways to love grains," 9 July 2019 For $39 per person, diners can get bottomless tapas dishes and unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys. John-john Williams Iv,, "Where you can find Baltimore’s bougiest brunches," 9 July 2019 Salata and bar manager Alex Phillips (Camino, Locanda) work together on a lot of fermented products, which make their way into dishes and cocktails. Janelle Bitker,, "Say goodbye to Boot & Shoe Service and hello to Sister," 8 July 2019 The power was out, panels had fallen from the ceiling, and dishes and liquor bottles were smashed. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California," 4 July 2019 There's also a cafe with breakfast dishes and sandwiches. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 Kimpton’s offerings for kitty guests start with basics: a litter box, food and water dishes, and toys. Kelsey Ogletree, WSJ, "Dogs vs. Cats: Why Pet-Friendly Hotels Are Warming to Felines," 24 June 2019 Apollo 11’s impact on popular culture was evident 50 years ago in memorabilia, dishes and fashion. Hal Boedeker,, "Apollo 11 moon landing influenced toys, jewelry and later movies," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At times, Westbrook was a dynamic maestro, artfully slicing to the tin and dishing to wide-open teammates. Michael Shapiro,, "Who Could Trade for Russell Westbrook if the Thunder Rebuild?," 6 July 2019 Recently eliminated contestant Connor Saeli appeared on PeopleTV’s Reality Check and dished on this season’s most controversial contestant, Luke Parker. Jodi Guglielmi,, "The Bachelorette's Connor S. on Luke P.'s 'Unfortunate' Behavior: He 'Has Some Character Flaws'," 3 July 2019 Oscar will be serving breakfast tostadas, The Lede’s kitchen will be whipping up king salmon gravlax, and Reem’s California will be there too dishing up their Arab street corner bakery treats. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Peek inside former Chez Panisse chef’s soon-to-open restaurant and help kids in need," 14 June 2019 There’s no shortage of beach chairs, flights are plenty and hotels are dishing up perks galore. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer on sale in the Caribbean: Stay at luxurious resorts at a huge discount," 11 June 2019 All aboard for a special Chronicle project about the moon landing's 50th anniversary The average American will dish up roughly $140 per person. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Father's Day gift deals for 2019," 6 June 2019 But those huddles have been more hush-hush, disclosed through aides dishing anonymously. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Jimmy Carter finds a renaissance in 2020 Democratic scramble," 20 May 2019 The journalist sat down with ET this Wednesday to dish on the Duke and Duchess's life behind-the scenes. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Nursery Will Have a Very Specific Color Scheme," 18 Jan. 2019 McPhee later took to Instagram to dish about the magical engagement. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Katharine McPhee and David Foster's whirlwind May-December romance: A relationship timeline," 1 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dish


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dish


Middle English, from Old English disc plate, from Latin discus quoit, disk, dish, from Greek diskos, from dikein to throw

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

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English Language Learners Definition of dish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a shallow container that you cook or serve food in specifically : a shallow bowl
: the food served in a dish
: food that is prepared in a particular way



English Language Learners Definition of dish (Entry 2 of 2)

slang : to talk about the personal life of someone else


\ ˈdish How to pronounce dish (audio) \

Kids Definition of dish

1 : a usually round shallow container used for cooking or serving food
2 dishes plural : all items (as plates and silverware) used for cooking and eating food Would you dry the dishes?
3 : the food in a container for serving or eating a dish of strawberries
4 : food that is prepared in a particular way an Italian dish
5 : a round shallow object a radar dish

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