Etymology: Middle English, from Old English disc plate, from Latin discus quoit, disk, dish, from Greek diskos, from dikein to throw
Date: before 12th century
a. a more or less concave vessel from which food is served
b. the contents of a dish <a dish of strawberries> 2. a. food prepared in a particular way b. something one particularly enjoys ; cup of tea 3. a. (1) any of various shallow concave vessels; broadly anything shallowly concave (2) a directional receiver having a concave usually parabolic reflector; especially one used as a microwave or radar antenna b. the state of being concave or the degree of concavity 4. a. something that is favored <entertainment that is just his dish> b. an attractive or sexy person 5. gossip 2a <the latest dish> II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to put (as food for serving) into a dish — often used with up 2. present — usually used with up 3. to make concave like a dish 4. to disclose or discuss especially publicly <dish the dirt> 5. to pass (a basketball) to a teammate — often used with off intransitive verb 1. gossip; also to disclose private or personal information 2. to pass a basketball to a teammate — often used with off
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.