\ 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

Small dishes help create a Lao street food experience. Bon Appétit, "snapped us out of it," 18 Sep. 2019 Learn all about complementing dishes with the right beer style. Marc Bona,, "Beer calendar: Hoppin’ Frog at Cilantro, Hop College, special Ohio hops beer, more," 16 Sep. 2019 The bubbles were observed with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory’s MeerKAT telescope, an array of 64 dish receivers in Northern Cape, South Africa. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Huge, mysterious 'bubbles' discovered at the heart of the Milky Way," 16 Sep. 2019 More details >>> New wine and cheese shop from Goodnight Hospitality opens in Montrose While not new to the Montrose dining scene, the menu at Night Heron has been transformed to include several dishes from Coltivare restaurant in the Heights. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Where to eat and drink in Montrose and Midtown right now," 16 Sep. 2019 Helmed by award-winning chef Will Torres, formerly with Justin Vineyards, the restaurant offers an eclectic mix of breakfast, brunch/lunch and dinner dishes in a bright, family-friendly environment. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Central Coast: 5 great new San Luis Obispo County restaurants," 15 Sep. 2019 Obviously, then, many traditional Italian dishes have an unsuspected Jewish origin., "In 1981, when Mrs. Machlin published “The Classic Cuisine of the Italian Jews,” few people were aware of the distinctive Jewish culinary traditions of that part of the world, or of the centuries-long history behind them.," 15 Sep. 2019 What lives here grows low — lichen, moss campion in purple pillows and Arctic poppies whose dish-flowers track the sun. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 With fall coming up, diners might see dishes with local roasted apples, squash and pumpkins on the menu. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Here's when popular Tucson brunch spot Prep & Pastry will open its Scottsdale location," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To meet the demand, a small army of servers keeps the line moving by simultaneously dishing food to one person while taking the next person’s order. John Archibald |, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 The Jake Diekman deadline acquisition certainly helped fill a blatant southpaw void the A’s glossed over with just Ryan Buchter and Wei-Chung Wang dishing from the left until then. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "What A.J. Puk’s arrival could mean for the Athletics’ postseason push," 19 Aug. 2019 Rose's Air France dishes feel like loose interpretations of dishes from his restaurants, translated to upscale airplane food. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Air France Is Bringing on Le Coucou Chef Daniel Rose for Its Business Class Meals," 16 July 2019 The video closes with Bush dishing about a small bathroom and two additional bedrooms—one of which will be Bush's office—that will be positioned off the kitchen. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Sophia Bush Gives Us a Tour of the Renovation of Her 1950s Los Angeles Bungalow," 26 June 2019 Carroll also dished on why music is played during practices., "Watch: Seattle Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll talks about Day 6 of training camp," 2 Aug. 2019 Eat this, drink this: Chef Sean Dutson dishes up seasonal snacks and an array of spring- and summer-themed libations., "5 of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Boston," 2 May 2018 Along with the many food vendors dishing up fine fair grub, pie-eating and watermelon-eating contests are scheduled, so come hungry. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Labor Day weekend 2019: A dozen events worth getting out of Phoenix for," 23 Aug. 2019 More ramen in Arcadia Wa Ramen is open in Arcadia, dishing up shoyu, tonkotsu, miso and vegan ramen, along with butadon pork bowls, Spam musubi and Japanese curry. Los Angeles Times, "New L.A. dining options include seafood on the coast," 20 Aug. 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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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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