Meaning of DISH in English



BAD : Dinner usually consists of three dishes.

GOOD : Dinner usually consists of three courses.

BAD : The main dish was roast beef with fresh vegetables.

GOOD : The main course was roast beef with fresh vegetables.



Meal A meal is the food that you eat at about the same time each day: ‘After the meal we went to a discotheque.’ ‘We usually have our main meal in the evening.’

Menu A menu is a list of all the things that you can order in a restaurant: ‘I tried to read the menu but it was all in French.’ ‘Is there any fish on the menu?’

Course A meal may be served in separate stages. Each stage is called a course: ‘The main course was disappointing, but the dessert was excellent.’ ‘I’m not hungry enough to eat a three-course meal.’

Dish A dish is (1) the food prepared in a particular way and served as a meal or part of a meal: ‘My favourite Italian dish is lasagne.’ ‘For the main course there were six different meal dishes to choose from.’

(2) a (usually shallow) container that food is placed in and then cooked or served: ‘I hope this dish is ovenproof!’

The dishes The dishes is a collective term for all the plates, bowls, cups, etc, that are used during a meal: ‘Whose turn is it to wash the dishes tonight?’

Plate A plate is (1) a (usually round) flat object that food is placed on, especially just before it is eaten: ‘All the clean plates are still in the dishwasher.’ ‘I’d never seen anyone put so much food on their plate.’

(2) (also plateful ) the amount of food on a plate: ‘How can you eat two large plates of spaghetti and still feel hungry?’


BAD : Some children have to prepare their own dishes.

GOOD : Some children have to prepare their own meals.

BAD : Dinner is the main dish of the day.

GOOD : Dinner is the main meal of the day.


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