\ 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: 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 Today, for nostalgic Jews and curious gentiles alike, cholent is the perfect lockdown dish. The Economist, "Home Entertainment Cholent, a traditional Jewish dish, is a perfect lockdown meal," 27 June 2020 Roll up each tortilla and place seam-side down in prepared dish. Casey Barber, Better Homes & Gardens, "Road Trip Eats: Recipes Inspired By Route 66," 26 June 2020 And while some customers may miss seeing their favorite dish on the menu, others may be happy with — or at least tolerant of — the changes. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Restaurant menus are getting smaller. Here's what some big chains are dropping," 23 June 2020 Beef Wellington is a strange and incredibly labor-intensive dish to prepare—tenderloin wrapped in duxelles wrapped in prosciutto wrapped in puff pastry. Roxane Gay, Bon Appétit, "I’ll Never Be Able to Cook the Bad News Away. But I Try Anyway," 22 June 2020 And while burgers, ribs and hot dogs fresh off the grill always sound great, this Father’s Day go the extra mile and put some extra love into your dish. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "6 Yummy and Easy Recipes Your Dad Will Love On Father’s Day," 18 June 2020 The dish evolved to menudo with the addition of hominy and various other new spices. Paul Stephen,, "South Texas staples menudo, rice and barbecue all have African roots," 17 June 2020 Roasted rhubarb retains some texture, and the syrupy fuchsia juices that accumulate in the baking dish are a bonus. Jessica Battilana,, "Vanilla pudding recipe with roasted rhubarb is a cool bowl of comfort," 12 June 2020 Japanese bento boxes offer a sophisticated solution that ensures that spicy salad dressing will stay out of your main dish, and that pickle juice cannot contaminate your peanut butter sandwich. Popular Science, "Multi-compartment, bento-style boxes for an ideal packed lunch," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Coleman Coliseum crowd reawakened when John Petty stole the ball and dished it to Kira Lewis for a dunk, and again when Herb Jones scored on a fast break to put Alabama back ahead. Mike Rodak |, al, "Live updates: Alabama basketball hosts Kansas State," 25 Jan. 2020 This year, heed the seasoned advice of a few Vogue editors, who have dished on their must-have beauty picks. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "14 Little Beauty Gifts That Bring Big Joy, According to Vogue Editors," 3 Dec. 2018 Erica Wheeler was the standout player, scoring 28 points while also dishing eight assists. Indystar Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "Fever snap two-game losing streak with win over Chicago Sky," 21 June 2019 Nance nearly had a triple-double, scoring 16 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing eight assists. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Larry Nance Jr.'s versatility needs assistance on defense when Cavaliers lack big man depth," 3 Mar. 2020 After Pritchard missed a three-pointer, Will Richardson grabbed the rebound in the right corner and drove to the hoops, dishing it off to Juiston on the doorstep for the deciding layup with 1.4 to go. oregonlive, "Payton Pritchard’s career-high 38, Shakur Juiston’s overtime takeover send Oregon Ducks past Arizona Wildcats," 23 Feb. 2020 Ramey scored 11 points and dished a game-high eight assists. Nick Moyle,, "After some ‘soul-searching,’ Longhorns hope lessons finally stick," 14 Jan. 2020 Perry had a career day Sunday, scoring 10 points and dishing a career-high 12 assists against Youngstown State. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Your Louisville basketball vs. Indiana State study guide – and how you can watch," 12 Nov. 2019 Stanwick scored two goals and dished off three assists to spark a 10-1 run. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Randallstown’s Marvin Reese wins Fishing League Worldwide event on Potomac River," 25 Aug. 2019

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Dish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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