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noun British English pronunciation: dish /dɪʃ/ 
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singulardish
pluraldishes
 
  1. 1
    [countable] an open container like a plate, but not as deep as a bowl, used for serving or cooking food

    Place the fruit in a large shallow dish.

    an ovenproof dish

    a pie dish

    1. a.
      the food contained in a dish
      dish of:

      Dishes of dried fruit and nuts were placed on the counter.

  2. 2
    [countable] food prepared and cooked in a particular way

    Do you have any vegetarian dishes?

    Her favourite dish is roast chicken.

    a variety of seafood dishes

    dish of the day (=a special dish that is offered on a particular day in a restaurant):

    The dish of the day is salmon fishcakes.

  3. 3

    dishes

    [plural] the plates, pans etc that have to be washed after preparing and serving a meal
    do/wash the dishes:

    Who's going to do the dishes?

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