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Definition of dish noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a flat shallow container for cooking food in or serving it from a glass dish a casserole dish a baking/serving dish They helped themselves from a large dish of pasta.
  2. 2the dishes [plural] the plates, bowls, cups, etc. that have been used for a meal and need to be washed I'll do the dishes (= wash them).
  3. 3[countable] food prepared in a particular way as part of a meal a vegetarian/fish dish This makes an excellent hot main dish. I can recommend the chef's dish of the day. see also side dish
  4. 4[countable] any object that is shaped like a dish or bowl a soap dish see also satellite dish
  5. 5[countable] (informal) (old-fashioned) a sexually attractive person What a dish!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dish