Meaning of DISH in English

I. dish 1 S2 W3 /dɪʃ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: disc , from Latin discus 'disk, plate' ]

1 . a flat container with low sides, for serving food from or cooking food in ⇨ bowl :

a serving dish

an ovenproof dish

dish of

a large dish of spaghetti

2 . the dishes all the plates, cups, bowls etc that have been used to eat a meal and need to be washed

do/wash the dishes

I’ll just do the dishes before we go.


In everyday English, people often use the expression do the washing-up (BrE) or do the dishes (AmE), rather than wash the dishes .

3 . food cooked or prepared in a particular way as a meal:

a wonderful pasta dish

The menu includes a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.

This soup is substantial enough to serve as a main dish (=the biggest part of a meal) .

4 . something that is shaped like a dish:

a soap dish

5 . informal old-fashioned someone who is sexually attractive

⇨ ↑ side dish , ↑ satellite dish

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▪ food noun [uncountable and countable] things that people and animals eat:

You can buy good fresh food in the market.


Do you like Japanese food?

▪ dish noun [countable] a type of food that is cooked in a particular way:

a traditional English dish


They also offer vegetarian dishes.

▪ speciality British English , specialty American English noun [countable] a type of food that a restaurant or place is famous for:

Fish dishes are a specialty of the region.


Home made pies are one of the hotel’s specialities.

▪ delicacy noun [countable] an unusual food which people in a particular place like to eat:

The local delicacies include laverbread (boiled seaweed).


I was keen to try out the local delicacies.

▪ diet noun [countable] the type of food that someone usually eats:

You shouldn’t have too much salt in your diet.


In the Andes, the main diet is beans, potatoes, and corn.

▪ cooking noun [uncountable] food made in a particular way, or by a particular person:

Herbs are used a lot in French cooking.


I love my Mum’s home cooking.

▪ cuisine /kwɪˈziːn/ noun [countable] formal the food you can eat in a particular restaurant, country, or area:

Italian cuisine


Trying the local cuisine is all part of the fun of travelling.

▪ nutrition noun [uncountable] food considered as something that is necessary for good health and growth:

a book on nutrition


Many homeless people suffer from poor nutrition.

▪ nourishment /ˈnʌrɪʃmənt $ ˈnɜː-, ˈnʌ-/ noun [uncountable] goodness that you get from food, which helps your body to stay healthy:

There's not much nourishment in fast food.

▪ fare noun [uncountable] formal the kind of food that is served in a place – used especially when saying how interesting it is:

In China you can feast on bird’s nest soup and other exotic fare.


Dinner was pretty standard fare (=the usual kind of food) .

II. dish 2 BrE AmE verb

[intransitive and transitive] informal to give a lot of information about something or someone, especially something that would usually be secret or private

dish on

She’s ready to dish on boys, beauty, and break-ups in her new column.

dish the dirt (=tell people shocking things about someone’s private life)

dish something ↔ out phrasal verb

1 . to give something to various people in a careless way:

We dished out some leaflets there too.

Paul tends to dish out unwanted advice.

2 . to serve food to people:

Sam’s dishing out sandwiches if you want one.

3 . somebody can dish it out but they can’t take it used to say that someone often criticizes other people, but does not like being criticized

dish something ↔ up phrasal verb

to put food for a meal into dishes, ready to be eaten:

Could you dish up the vegetables?

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