Definition of dish noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪʃ//
    In the kitchen, Attractiveness, At the dining table
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  1. 1  [countable] a flat shallow container for cooking food in or serving it from a glass dish an ovenproof dish a baking/serving dish They helped themselves from a large dish of pasta. See related entries: In the kitchen, At the dining table
  2. 2  the 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) a sexually attractive person What a dish! See related entries: Attractiveness
  6. Word OriginOld English disc ‘plate, bowl’ (related to Dutch dis, German Tisch ‘table’), based on Latin discus, from Greek diskos.Extra examples Arrange the salad in a serving dish. Do you have a favourite dish? Goulash is a meat dish. He dried the dishes and put them away. I can recommend the chef’s dish of the day. It’s your turn to do the dishes. Kedgeree makes a wonderful supper dish. Serve one or two main dishes with a choice of salads and nibbles. She cooked us a delicious French dish with pork and tomatoes. The dirty breakfast dishes were still in the sink when we got home. The national dish is ‘bigos’—hunter’s stew. The national dish is ‘feijoada’—pork with beans. They sampled all the local dishes. a restaurant that serves traditional Indian dishes a simple dish, beautifully prepared your pet’s food dish I’ll do the dishes.
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