plural dills
: any of several plants of the carrot family
especially : a European herb (Anethum graveolens) with aromatic foliage and seeds both of which are used in flavoring foods and especially pickles
: the foliage or seeds of dill
dilled adjective

Examples of dill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fresh dill: Mirrors the pickle flavor but in a fresher, herbier way. Ann Taylor Pittman, Southern Living, 6 Apr. 2024 It’s also found in other spices, such as dill and parsley. Sarah Cottrell, Parents, 22 Mar. 2024 The soup is coconut curry garbanzo; the salad has collards, arugula, beets, and a yogurt dill dressing. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 7 Mar. 2024 Garnish with fresh dill and additional black pepper. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024 With oil, garlic and salt as your base: Switch up the herbs and try fresh rosemary, thyme, dill, cilantro or parsley. Lucinda Scala Quinn, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 Cook time: 45 minutes (Pascal Shirley / For The Times) Kuku Sabzi During your visit to the farmers market this weekend, be sure to pick up plenty of parsley, dill, cilantro, green onions and leeks for this herbaceous frittata that’s more greens than egg. Danielle Dorsey, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 In a food processor, add jalapeños, lemon juice, dill, and garlic clove. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2024 Garlic, gold potatoes, fresh dill, lemon, and goat cheese lend savory notes to each bite. 22 of 31 Spinach and Sweet Potato Sheet-Pan Quiche View Recipe Serve a crowd with this sheet pan egg recipe. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Middle English dile, from Old English; akin to Old High German tilli dill

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dill was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dill. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an herb related to the carrot and having aromatic foliage and seeds used especially in flavoring pickles

Medical Definition


: any of several plants of the family Umbelliferae
especially : a European herb (Anethum graveolens) with aromatic seeds and foliage that are used in flavoring foods and especially pickles

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Sir John Greer 1881–1944 British general

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