\ ˈdish \
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



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

buzz, gossip, hearsay, report, rumor, scuttlebutt, talk, tattle, word

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

The expansion is expected to start next year, said Mr. Adam, with the first prototype dish built in China already on site about 280 miles north of Cape Town in the Northern Cape province. Wendell Roelf, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Africa's MeerKAT telescope will help uncover next space frontier," 13 July 2018 FreshFin Poke Operators of the fast-growing restaurant group featuring variations on the raw Hawaiian fish dish believe presence in the new arena could spur further growth, said co-owner Andrew Foster. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Laughing Taco, FreshFin Poke, Iron Grate BBQ and Palermo's-inspired pizza coming to Bucks arena," 12 July 2018 Buy Photo Poke bowls, the Hawaiian dish of raw fish and veggies over rice, are booming more than ever before in Philadelphia. Allison Steele,, "Vegan 'poke' bowls with mango and beets," 12 July 2018 The dishes rotate but have included a truffle Caesar salad, a porcini mushroom and truffle lasagna, black truffle manicotti and Rotolo’s latest creation: truffle panna cotta. Jay Jones,, "Only on Sunday: In Las Vegas, here are three dishes you can't get any other day," 10 July 2018 Holiday baking should not require hours and hours in a warm kitchen, and then an additional afternoon of doing dishes. Abigail Wilt, ajc, "3 no-bake cookie recipes you'll love," 10 July 2018 But the dish needed improvements to get closer to my grail ribs. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 2018 The nineteenth century viewed the fruity dish a summertime delicacy for afternoon tea, as the season was a mere two to three weeks long—and that brief window happened to coincide with the Wimbledon Championships. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Feeling Peckish at Wimbledon? Order These Quintessentially British Courtside Snacks," 6 July 2018 Gentlemen, spending just two hours a week doing the dishes or putting the kids to bed, would translate into a ten percentage point increase in female labour participation, according to a World Bank study. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Caution: this movie is sure to dish up all the feels. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "25 Best Summer Vacation Movies," 3 July 2018 Hillcrest point guard Jeremiah Staten spent much of last season dishing off to Robert Harvey and Jalen Hughes. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Staten stating case: Jeremiah Staten wants Hillcrest boys basketball to get up and down the court," 29 June 2018 The Clinton campaign funded the Steele dossier, whose British author paid Russians to dish anti-Trump dirt. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Elizabeth Price Foley, WSJ, "Mueller’s Fruit of the Poisonous Tree," 22 June 2018 Jordan Giles made a three 12 seconds later, then Brandon McKissic came up with a steal and dished to Xavier Bishop to reduce the Kangaroos’ deficit to a point with 49 seconds left. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Jordan Hill hits his free throws at the end as Seattle beat UMKC," 13 Jan. 2018 Graham scores 12 points for Hornets Former KU point guard Devonté Graham scored 12 points, dished seven assists and grabbed two rebounds in Charlotte’s 94-90 Las Vegas Summer League victory over Miami on Sunday. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Blue-chip point guard cuts list to KU, eight others; Self speaks on NBA broadcast," 9 July 2018 North Carolina doubled the lead in the 39th minute when Debinha dished the ball over to Merritt Mathias, who rifled a shot outside the box toward the bottom-left corner of the goal for the 2-0 lead. Mike Gramajo, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride fall 3-0 to surging North Carolina Courage," 30 June 2018 Each key is also slightly dished, a decision that Microsoft made after watching hours of footage of people typing, captured with a high-speed camera. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future," 9 July 2018 However, the one takeaway fans could like is his poise and vision in the Hornets’ offense, dishing a few flashy assists. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Former KU guard Devonté Graham signs contract, produces in first game for Hornets," 6 July 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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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)

: to talk about the personal life of someone else


\ ˈdish \

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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