\ 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 plural : 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

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Examples of dish in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb 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 Keep folding until there are no white specks of cream or egg white and then pour into a decorative serving dish. Put the mousse into the refrigerator for at least three hours to allow the chocolate to set. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 13 June 2021 In all three, meats are bone-in (the best kind) making for a richer stew as fat, collagen and marrow imbue all their goodness into the dish while keeping the meat itself more tender. Amy Drew Thompson,, 10 June 2021 Grate the onion quarters on the large holes, allowing the pulp and juice to fall into the dish., 8 June 2021 Place a few tablespoons of this mixture down the middle of a tortilla, roll the tortilla and place seam-side down into the baking dish. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 May 2021 Evenly press the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, 30 Apr. 2021 Cut tofu into one-inch cubes and put into a shallow dish. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 17 Apr. 2021 Digging into a hot dish that's lukewarm is a disappointment. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Apr. 2021 Use an eyedropper to apply alcohol directly onto the stain or, for a larger spot, pour the alcohol into a small dish, immerse the stained area and soak for 15 minutes. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Globalists dish it right back to knock Americanism. Nic Rowan, National Review, 29 May 2021 Shota has written the various elements of his green beans dish on his hand, so as not to forget them. oregonlive, 28 May 2021 On this episode of Gadget Lab, journalist and author Brad Stone joins us to dish about stories from his new book Amazon Unbound, including Amazon's more aggressive business maneuvers and Jeff Bezos' personal shenanigans. Wired Staff, Wired, 14 May 2021 Here at Quartz, our company Slack, too, creates a village-like atmosphere, with main channels serving as town squares and special-interest ones like #dogs or #tiktok serving as little taverns where people can gather to dish during their downtime. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 12 May 2021 Doncic passed out to Finney-Smith on the high post, who turned immediately to dish the ball to a cutting Porzingis for a one-handed slam that extended the Mavericks’ lead to 7. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 23 May 2021 When the New York Post broke the scandal, Kim went on the record to corroborate it — and then dish on Cuomo’s threats. Tiana Lowe, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 Jeanette Padilla and Lucie Sullivan dish up some organic, vegan soup for volunteers from the Food Justice Coalition to distribute to people experiencing homelessness, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2021 Jesse and Julie created this sweet, spicy, tangy dish in the dead of winter, relying on frozen peaches. Jenny Comita, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Dish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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