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1 a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food; "we gave them a set of dishes for a wedding present"
2 a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
3 the quantity that a dish will hold; "they served me a dish of rice" [syn: dishful]
4 a very attractive or seductive looking woman [syn: smasher, stunner, knockout, beauty, ravisher, sweetheart, peach, lulu, looker, mantrap]
5 directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation [syn: dish aerial, dish antenna, saucer]
6 an activity that you like or at which you are superior; "chemistry is not my cup of tea"; "his bag now is learning to play golf"; "marriage was scarcely his dish" [syn: cup of tea, bag]


1 provide (usually but not necessarily food); "We serve meals for the homeless"; "She dished out the soup at 8 P.M."; "The entertainers served up a lively show" [syn: serve, serve up, dish out, dish up]
2 make concave; shape like a dish

User Contributed Dictionary



disc < West * disk(s) < discus. Cognate with Dutch disch ‘table’, German Tisch ‘table’.


  • /dɪʃ/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪʃ


  1. A vessel such as a plate for holding or serving food, often flat with a depressed region in the middle.
  2. The contents of such a vessel.
    a dish of stew
  3. A specific type of prepared food.
    a vegetable dish
    this dish is filling and easily made
  4. 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. A sexually attractive woman.
  6. In the context of "UK|slang": A sexually attractive person of either sex.


  • (vessel): plate
  • (contents): dishful, plate, plateful
  • (type of prepared food):
  • (sexually attractive woman): babe, fox
  • (sexually attractive person of either sex):
vessel for holding/serving food
contents of such a vessel
specific type of food
tableware to be/being washed
slang: sexually attractive woman
slang: sexually attractive person of either sex

See also


  1. To gossip; to relay information about the personal situation of another.

Extensive Definition

Dish may refer to:
  • The literal meaning: dishware, plates and bowls used for serving and eating food
    • Dish (food), a prepared part of a meal which would normally be served on a single plate, i.e., literally a dish
  • The Dish, a 2000 Australian film
  • Satellite dish, a dish used to receive or transmit radio, television or data
  • Assist (basketball), a pass directly leading to a score
  • Camp (style), a part of which is dishing, a conversational style including retorts, vicious putdowns, and/or malicious gossip
  • A sexy or appealing person
  • The offset, parallel to the axle, of a wire wheel, especially of a rear bicycle wheel, of the rim with respect to the hub flanges.
The acronym DISH may stand for:

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