\ 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

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Examples of dish in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb 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 Dinner, however, was an anti-climactic homemade khichdi, a dish one usually has when one is sick or trying to eat light. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Priest on Zoom, borrowed clothes, makeup tutorials: An Indian Covid-19 wedding," 6 May 2020 Dollywood is well-known for its Southern eats, with popular dishes like fried chicken and biscuits at Aunt Granny’s Restaurant, barbecue pork sandwiches at Hickory House BBQ, and the 25-pound apple pie at Spotlight Bakery. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Dollywood Has the Best Cinnamon Bread in America — and We Have the Official Recipe," 24 Apr. 2020 My takeaway is to stick with dishes that don’t need to be eaten fresh from the heat source. The Washington Post, "Dining during the pandemic," 1 Apr. 2020 The proof is all over social media, with mouthwatering dishes being posted to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with hashtags such as #coronaviruscooking. Kyle Almond And Rebecca Wright, CNN, "People are cooking their way through the coronavirus pandemic. Here are their mouthwatering creations," 31 Mar. 2020 When the Girl Scouts asked her to compete in cook-offs to boost cookie sales, Oakley swept the contests with restaurant-worthy dishes like Thin Mint lamb meatballs over Savannah Smiles spaghetti. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "'Can we last two weeks?': What it's like to be a restaurant worker during coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 The result is a main dish with minimal prep time and even faster clean up. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chicken sheet pan dinners: Easy to make and a cleanup is a snap," 30 Apr. 2020 Full-on Strega Nona Situation in Your Sad Little Kitchen Pasta reigns supreme at this culinary pop-up, where the guest is expected not only to prepare her own Barilla tricolor rotini but also to wash the dishes afterward. Sarah Lazarus, The New Yorker, "Goings On About Home," 29 Apr. 2020 Joe Yonan did another take on a pancake-style dish with his Peruvian Beans and Rice (Tacu Tacu), which is made with leftover rice and beans. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions about finding pantry inspiration, Ikea's iconic meatballs, growing scallions on your windowsill, this week's recipes and more!," 29 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Erica Wheeler was the standout player, scoring 28 points while also dishing eight assists. Indystar Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "Fever snap two-game losing streak with win over Chicago Sky," 21 June 2019 Nance nearly had a triple-double, scoring 16 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing eight assists. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Larry Nance Jr.'s versatility needs assistance on defense when Cavaliers lack big man depth," 3 Mar. 2020 After Pritchard missed a three-pointer, Will Richardson grabbed the rebound in the right corner and drove to the hoops, dishing it off to Juiston on the doorstep for the deciding layup with 1.4 to go. oregonlive, "Payton Pritchard’s career-high 38, Shakur Juiston’s overtime takeover send Oregon Ducks past Arizona Wildcats," 23 Feb. 2020 Ramey scored 11 points and dished a game-high eight assists. Nick Moyle,, "After some ‘soul-searching,’ Longhorns hope lessons finally stick," 14 Jan. 2020 Perry had a career day Sunday, scoring 10 points and dishing a career-high 12 assists against Youngstown State. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Your Louisville basketball vs. Indiana State study guide – and how you can watch," 12 Nov. 2019 Stanwick scored two goals and dished off three assists to spark a 10-1 run. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Randallstown’s Marvin Reese wins Fishing League Worldwide event on Potomac River," 25 Aug. 2019 Young dished on their favorite date night activities, which include a lot more than boating. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "A Definitive Timeline of Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young's Relationship," 20 Mar. 2020 Based on that, its bean counters determined that — at its current rate of 2,300 meals a day — the 45 millionth meal would get dished up sometime this week. Steve Rubenstein,, "45 million meals, give or take — SF’s St. Anthony’s Dining Room’s done it for 70 years," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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18 May 2020

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“Dish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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