Meaning of “dish” in the English Dictionary

"dish" in British English

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dishnoun

uk /dɪʃ/ us /dɪʃ/

dish noun (CONTAINER)

A2 [ C ] a container, flatter than a bowl and sometimes with a lid, from which food can be served or which can be used for cooking:

an oven-proof dish
the dishes A2 [ plural ]

all the plates, glasses, knives, forks, etc. that have been used during a meal:

Have you done/washed the dishes?

More examples

  • There's no butter left in the butter dish.
  • When you have rolled out the pastry, place it in a pie dish.
  • Shred the lettuce and arrange it around the edge of the dish.
  • Are you sure this dish is ovenproof?
  • I keep the serving dishes in that cupboard in the corner.

dish noun (FOOD)

A2 [ C ] food prepared in a particular way as part of a meal:

More examples

  • Here's a dish I prepared earlier.
  • It takes a long time to prepare the dish but the results are so good that it's worth the effort.
  • It's a simple dish to prepare, consisting mainly of rice and vegetables.
  • I had the the most expensive dish on the menu - a choice fillet of fish.
  • He concocted the most amazing dish from all sorts of unlikely ingredients.

dish noun (ATTRACTIVE PERSON)

[ S ] old-fashioned a sexually attractive person:

He's gorgeous - what a dish!

dishverb

uk /dɪʃ/ us /dɪʃ/

(Definition of “dish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dish" in American English

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dishnoun [ C ]

us /dɪʃ/

dish noun [ C ] (CONTAINER)

a round, flat container with a raised edge, used for serving or holding food

The dishes are all the plates, glasses, knives, forks, etc., that have been used during a meal:

Who’s going to do the dishes (= clean the plates, glasses, etc.)?

dish noun [ C ] (FOOD)

a particular type of food or food prepared in a particular way as part of a meal:

This restaurant serves both Cuban and Chinese dishes.

(Definition of “dish” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)