\ 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 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

From the bread and butter to the last bite of dessert, each dish at The Wauwinet's famous restaurant is mind-blowing in both presentation and flavor. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Nantucket, Massachusetts," 10 May 2019 The brown dishes are like the bark on Norwegian spruce. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Sunrise Ruffalo, Wife of Actor Mark Ruffalo, Launches a Chic Homewares Pop-Up in Los Angeles," 18 Apr. 2019 And for those who are a bit clumsier, dishes are less likely to shatter when dropped on wood versus stone. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Butcher-Block Countertops: Pros, Cons, and Everything Else You Should Know," 15 Jan. 2019 Those dishes are among the items typically featured in the elaborate Japanese spread known as osechi ryori (osechi for short), which is enjoyed on Jan. 1. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Celebrate With a Japanese Feast," 29 Dec. 2018 Repeat layers of cake, compote, and cream and until dish is almost full. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "This Christmas Trifle Recipe Is the Ultimate Make-Ahead Holiday Dessert," 12 Dec. 2018 The dish is a fun take on cookie dough in the form of a plate of spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce. Talia Kirkland, Fox News, "Iowa State Fair's strangest food this year could be cookie dough spaghetti," 15 Aug. 2018 The noodles were made from zucchini, and the dish was delicious. Grace Gavilanes,, "I Ate Like Supermodel Kate Upton for Three Days — and It Wasn’t That Hard," 12 July 2018 The dish is sort of a hybrid between a traditional pancake and Rhode Island Johnny Cake, but not as dense as the latter. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Chicken, biscuits and beer: Dallas eatery serves tasty trifecta," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Whoopi Goldberg, Prince Harry's close friend, dished on the royal baby and Meghan Markle on The View. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View’ Host Whoopi Goldberg Has Insider Info About the Royal Baby as Prince Harry’s Pal," 6 May 2019 Restaurants are testing virtual reality as the way to better connect with potential consumers through social media by giving them something to dish about. Jay Samit, Fortune, "Virtual Food Is Coming to a Menu Near You," 15 May 2018 Tough Trocheck takes a licking and keeps on dishing. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "The Panthers’ home winning streak may be over, but the playoff chase is alive and well | Miami Herald," 12 Mar. 2018 South Carolina took the lead for good with 2:14 left when Cooper drove the lane and dished to Jennings, who scored and drew a foul for a three-point play for a 63-60 lead. Steve Reed, The Seattle Times, "South Carolina beats Florida State 72-64 to reach Sweet 16," 24 Mar. 2019 However, Oskar Michelsen grabbed the offensive rebound, and dished it out to a hero (or villain) in red named KiShawn Pritchett who hit a triple with 0.6 remaining. Max Meyer,, "The Five Most Insane Gambling Moments From the First Weekend of the NCAA Tournament," 18 Mar. 2018 After getting settled in, Katy dished on her engagement to Orlando Bloom and Lionel Richie shared a hilarious story from 1985. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'The View' Guest Katy Perry Fall Off Her Chair FOUR Times While Discussing 'American Idol'," 6 Mar. 2019 The Crossover's Front Office dishes its final projections for all 60 picks along with the latest trade rumors, intel and buzz around the league. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 11.0: Trade Rumors and Final Picks for Both Rounds," 21 June 2018 This Is Us show creator Dan Fogelman dished to about season 4 of the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Creator Dan Fogelman Reveals Jack's Future on the Show," 26 Mar. 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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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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