\ 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Restaurants must stay within budget—adjusting with portion size or the type of ingredient—yet a dish must also be emblematic of their brand. Anne Quito, Quartz, 24 July 2022 The dish is currently on CNN Travel's list of the world's 50 best foods, just above Canadian poutine at number 45. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 21 July 2022 In Asiatown, haunts like Mian and San Dong Noodle House have long been hot spots for cold noodles, but the dish is prevalent at inner-loop restaurants too. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 18 July 2022 This dish is my new favorite way to make the most of the common seedless watermelons from grocery stores. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 This dish is particularly well suited to heirloom tomatoes that are more flesh than seed since the halves are cooked in a skillet. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 The dish is an exercise in many different perfections. New York Times, 6 July 2022 At Puente, that dish is Lucy’s Plate-Licking Chicken & Sausage Rice ($18), named after his mother, with sofrito, tomato, achiote, chicken thigh and Italian sausage. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 1 July 2022 Through a perfect balance of the five basic taste flavors, the dish in appearance may be simple, but the flavor profile is complex. Allana Haynes, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Actress and filmmaker, Lena Dunham, appeared on SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show to dish about her new movie, Sharp Stick. Keith Langston,, 1 Aug. 2022 As part of Pride Month, The Courier Journal asked some of Louisville's most popular drag queens to dish on themselves in four exclusive interviews. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2022 Plus, retailers dish on the risks of overly aggressive tactics. Amelia Arvesen, Outside Online, 16 Jan. 2020 But its aim is to do more than dish up the sugary sweetness to Clevelanders. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 16 June 2022 Joc Pederson knows that San Francisco Giants fans can dish it out to opposing left fielders. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 2022 The brand introduced the French Lentil and Leek Crumbles dish to its line in April 2022 as a solo meal or as an addition to other dishes or products. Nicholas Rice,, 23 June 2022 There's also political journalist Katrine Fønsmark, played by Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, who will stop at nothing to dish the dirt of the political going-ons. Ali Pantony, Glamour, 12 June 2022 Fans will also have the opportunity to dish on Gauff’s on-court style and vote on her outfit for an upcoming tournament this summer. Andy Frye, Forbes, 8 June 2022 See More

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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 dyssh, disch, going back to Old English disc, borrowed from Latin discus "discus, kind of plate, gong" borrowed from Greek dískos "discus," in Late Greek also "dish, round mirror, the sun's disk, gong" — more at discus

Note: In later imperial Latin (Apuleius's Metamorphoses, Ulpian), the word discus is found with the meaning "dish, platter," a fairly natural extension given the shape of a discus. This sense is continued in Late Latin, as in the Vulgate, where the head of John the Baptist is brought to Herodias's daughter "in disco." It is found as a borrowing in Celtic languages (Old Irish tesc "dish"; Old Welsh discl, Welsh dysgl "dish, platter," from a diminutive *disculus; Old Breton discou "dishes") and Germanic—in addition to Old English, Old High German tisc. In Romance and the continental Germanic languages, however, the sense "dish" was largely replaced by a new sense "table," perhaps because the small, round tables in use for serving approximated the function of dishes. In Medieval Latin this meaning of discus can be found from the late eighth century (Capitulare de villis). The etymon is well attested in Gallo-Romance and in northern and central Italy: Italian desco "dining table" (13th-century Tuscan, also in medieval Lombard), Old Occitan des,desc "table," Old French deis "table of honor set up on a platform" (see dais). In Germanic, compare Old Saxon disk "table," Middle Dutch disc, desc "dining table," Old High German tisc (the sense "table" effectively ousting "dish" by Middle High German). A final permutation of the Medieval Latin word was the sense "writing table, desk," attested in British sources as descus, desca (from the late 13th century—see s.v. discus in Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources) and on the continent as discus (from the 12th or 13th century—see Mittellateinisches Wörternbuch); see desk.


Middle English disshen, verbal derivative of dyssh dish entry 1

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\ 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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