\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

That story’s better told one dish at a time, beyond the buffet. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 The most distinctive dish at Smoke, however, is a Tex-Mex twist on barbecue: a trio of tacos topped with smoked pork belly and mango salsa. Craig Laban,, "Smoke BBQ brings a legitimate barbecue contender to downtown Audubon," 10 July 2018 There are photos of Dahlia’s dishes, people peeking at the spread of her cooking, Dahlia dancing and the couple standing at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Community Rallies Around West Hartford Man In Sanctuary Nearly Eight Months," 9 July 2018 Seafood dishes including sea bass, salmon, scallops and shrimp range from $20-$30. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 Restaurants, bakeries and other dining establishments offer breakfast cereal in a variety of unexpected dishes, including French toast, cookies and milkshakes. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "10 cereal dishes that take childhood favorites out of the breakfast bowl," 6 July 2018 Winter brings distinct flavors and textures to dishes, very different from the bold, crisp flavors of summer. Discover Magazine, "One-on-One with Executive Chef Kevin Erving," 6 July 2018 Now Mat LindsayAt Ester, Lindsay modernizes classic Aussie dishes, like his blood sausage sanga. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 The spicy boiled shrimp and rice dinner is one of many affordable, flavorful dishes recommended by Yelp reviewers at southwest Houston restaurants. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Try these restaurants in southwest Houston," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The University of Kentucky product dished on being back in Houston, his NBA Draft classmates and more. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "De'Aaron Fox gives back to alma mater Cypress Lakes," 5 June 2018 That play began with Henrik making a move along the boards, then dishing the puck to defenseman Alex Edler, who was streaking toward the goal. Houston Chronicle, "Sedin twins combine on OT winner in their final home game," 6 Apr. 2018 Winters won a white apron already in the show for her fish and chips dish with lemon garlic aioli and tartar sauce with season fries. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "Gordon Ramsay's 'MasterChef' features two Arizona chefs vying for $250,000," 13 June 2018 When Young ran isolation and either shot or dished for a shot (this happened 207 times), Oklahoma made 42.6% of shot attempts. The Crossover Staff,, "NBA Draft Debate: Which Guard Would You Draft First?," 19 June 2018 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

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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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