Pronunciation Noun

dish (plural dishes)

  1. A vessel such as a plate for holding or serving food, often flat with a depressed region in the middle.
    • Bible, Judges v. 25
      She brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
  2. The contents of such a vessel.
    a dish of stew
  3. (metonym) A specific type of prepared food.
    a vegetable dish
    this dish is filling and easily made
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      Let's carve him a dish fit for the gods
  4. (in the plural) Tableware (including cutlery, etc, as well as crockery) that is to be or is being washed after being used to prepare, serve and eat a meal.
    It's your turn to wash the dishes.
  5. (telecommunication) A type of antenna with a similar shape to a plate or bowl.
    satellite dish
    radar dish
  6. (slang) A sexually attractive person.
  7. The state of being concave, like a dish, or the degree of such concavity.
    the dish of a wheel
  8. A hollow place, as in a field.
  9. (mining) A trough in which ore is measured.
  10. (mining) That portion of the produce of a mine which is paid to the land owner or proprietor.
  11. (slang) Gossip
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dish (dishes, present participle dishing; past and past participle dished)

  1. (transitive) To put in a dish or dishes; serve, usually food.
    The restaurant dished up a delicious Italian brunch.
  2. (informal, slang) To gossip; to relay information about the personal situation of another.
  3. (transitive) To make concave, or depress in the middle, like a dish.
    to dish a wheel by inclining the spokes
  4. (slang, archaic, transitive) To frustrate; to beat; to outwit or defeat.


dish (uncountable)

  1. Abbreviation of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis#English|diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis.

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