\ 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


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

The red produce in this dish, such as tomatoes and bell peppers, contains lycopene, a power antioxidant linked to helping reduce risks of heart disease and some cancers. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes," 8 Jan. 2019 In Oia, Catch was a great spot to watch the sunset and enjoy any number of fish dishes. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Go, Where to Eat, and What to See at Instagram's Favorite Destination," 21 Dec. 2018 This cute cast-iron dish fits into small spaces on the table and bakes individual portions. Elizabeth Karmel, The Seattle Times, "A dozen gifts for cooks and foodies," 4 Dec. 2018 This dish is deceptively entrancing; easy to make, yet with an unexpected taste. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Adding raw tomatoes, scallions, basil and tarragon gives an unexpected fresh taste to this traditional Italian dish. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "Clams and spaghettini make an easy dinner for 2," 6 July 2018 La Familia has been experimenting with shrimp in this dish, Mariela says, as a nod to Connecticut’s desire for seafood. Leeanne Griffin,, "La Familia Brings Authentic Bolivian Food To Canton," 25 June 2018 All of the ingredients in this dish can be found at most well-stocked Asian grocery stores. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Sichuan peppercorns, chiles make these peanuts an addictive snack," 13 June 2018 For this dish, whir arugula with a little basil into a pesto — arugula gives the sauce an appealing, bitter edge — and thin the pesto with pasta cooking water. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: Think of this pasta with melted cherry tomatoes and arugula pesto as your new go-to dish," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last week, Chen, 48, skipped the season nine premiere of the show while her colleagues dished on the accusations surrounding Moonves. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Julie Chen walks away from 'The Talk' amid husband Les Moonves' sex misconduct allegations," 18 Sep. 2018 Olivier Giroud, the center-forward, was instructed to post up like an NBA big man, dishing the ball to teammates instead of focusing on scoring goals. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Paul Pogba: The Player Who Embodies France’s World Cup Evolution," 16 July 2018 From Pastrami Brisket to Fried Pig Ears, Symon dishes up instructions on how to make just about everything on the menu at Mabel's BBQ on East Fourth Street, and then some. Debbi Snook,, "A look at Michael Symon's new book about 'Cleveland-style' barbecue (photos, recipes)," 11 Apr. 2018 Pelosi, in a story photographed by his landlady (!), the lensmith Gabriela Herman, dished on his enduring love of color, cooking, hosting, and creating a retreat from the chaos of the world outside his front door. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Camila even dished about their love on the red carpet, sharing Charles' adorable nickname for her. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Camila Mendes Walked the People's Choice Awards Red Carpet WITHOUT Boyfriend Charles Melton," 12 Nov. 2018 While chatting with Jimmy, Nick also dished on their recent engagement celebration with Priyanka's family. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas Tells Jimmy Fallon About His Engagement to Priyanka Chopra," 8 Sep. 2018 This isn't the first time Theron has dished about her Bachelor Nation opinions on Watch What Happens Live., "Charlize Theron Hating On Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Is Almost Therapeutic," 8 May 2018 Konstantinov watched the first period, as Sergei Fedorov, his Russian friend, spun and drew defenders, then dished to Doug Brown, who whacked a puck past Washington's Olaf Kolzig. 1-0. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings flashback: Mitch Albom on 1998 Stanley Cup victory," 16 June 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


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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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