\ 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

Among her vegan dishes are Smoky Mushroom Fajitas, Simple Spanish Lentil Stew and Vegetable Singapore Noodles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Melissa Copeland’s veggie-rich Mexican rice: a meal in itself," 3 Sep. 2019 Fans loved her fiery oxtail curry, eclectic drinks menu and what would become her signature dish: crunchy fried kale and candied bacon dressed in fish sauce. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Smallwares is closing, again," 3 Sep. 2019 Or when Ivy makes her first solo dish, a pastry and asparagus number? Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Official Downton Abbey Cookbook: Eat and drink like a Crawley," 1 Sep. 2019 My favorite dishes are the stuffed cabbage, potato pancakes and spaetzle. John Benson,, "Lakewood Community Festival brings tantalizing ethnic foods back to Madison Park," 30 Aug. 2019 Owners of sushi restaurants have put up signs stressing that though their dishes may look Japanese, the fish was caught in Korean waters. The Economist, "An old grudge between Japan and South Korea is getting out of hand," 29 Aug. 2019 Use lots of seasonings: Add extra flavor to your dishes with seasonings or fresh herbs like basil or thyme. Julie Compton, NBC News, "How this award-winning chef combined his cooking skills with data to lose 35 pounds," 28 Aug. 2019 The Big Tex Choice Awards started in 2005, when fried ice cream was named its most creative dish. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Check out the State Fair of Texas' 10 celebrity foods in the 2019 Big Tex Choice Awards," 14 Aug. 2019 While cut from the same fusion cloth, Dragon King’s Daughter New Albany tempers the Mexican influence in its dishes in favor of a more Japanese-forward menu, trading out tacos and quesadillas for ramen and robata specialties. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Dragon King's Daughter New Albany's originality makes it shine over its Highlands sister," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Ramsay’s chef to watch: Sheldon Simeon, of Maui’s Lineage restaurant, dishing up his family favorites. Brooke Sabin, National Geographic, "How to explore the world like Gordon Ramsay," 15 July 2019 That was the first of a series of mind-blowing statistics Nelson dished up. Mark Glover, sacbee, "Sacramento facility ‘just amazing’," 9 Feb. 2018 On Monday, Raymer and business partner Willow Rouben began dishing up burgers and other homecooked meals at the former Spinelli's Pizzeria, 8610 Dixie Highway. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "New Dixie Highway diner serves up country classics," 5 Feb. 2018 To make this possible, Irony Man was created with the ability to understand what irony is—and dish it out. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Eye-Rolling Robot Understands Irony and Will Sass You Hard," 13 June 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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