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This page has 17 definitions of dish in English. Dish is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use dish in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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Renaissance dish, from 1520, made of maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Renaissance dish, from circa 1520, made of maiolica
Renaissance dish with The Discovery of Achilles, from circa 1555-1560, made of maiolica


From Middle English dissh, disch, from Old English disċ (plate; bowl; dish), from Proto-West Germanic *disk (table; dish), from Latin discus. Doublet of dais, desk, disc, discus, disk, and diskos.



dish (plural dishes)

  1. A vessel such as a plate for holding or serving food, often flat with a depressed region in the middle.
    Synonym: plate
  2. The contents of such a vessel.
    a dish of stew
    Synonyms: dishful, plate, plateful
  3. (metonymically) A specific type of prepared food.
    a vegetable dish
    this dish is filling and easily made
  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. (telecommunications) A type of antenna with a similar shape to a plate or bowl.
    satellite dish
    radar dish
  6. (slang) A sexually attractive person.
    • 1993, Westwood Studios, Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos, Virgin Games:
      Have you seen the new apothecary? I think her name is Sadie. What a dish!
    Synonyms: babe, fox
  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. (baseball, slang) The home plate.
    • 2008, Paul Byrd, Free Byrd: The Power of a Liberated Life (page 4)
      He said, "I don't like your chances at the dish [home plate] tonight."
    • 2009, Loren Long, ‎Phil Bildner, Magic in the Outfield (page 40)
      At the plate, Graham pounded the dish three times, just like Bubbles did whenever he was up, []
    • 2014, Conor Kelley, The Catcher's Handbook (page 87)
      Also, if you end up getting to the baseball, your pitcher needs to be covering home plate, which pitchers occasionally forget to do. However, if the ball stays near the dish and you have a pitcher on the mound who isn't a space-case, you've got a good shot to get the runner out.
  10. (mining) A trough in which ore is measured.
  11. (mining) That portion of the produce of a mine which is paid to the land owner or proprietor.
  12. (slang) Gossip.

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dish (third-person singular simple present dishes, present participle dishing, simple past and past participle dished)

  1. (transitive) To put in a dish or dishes; serve, usually food.
  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.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dish in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)