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side dish

noun
1.
a serving of a portion of food in addition to the principal food, usually on a separate dish.
2.
the small additional dish used for such food.
Origin of side dish
1715-1725
1715-25
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  • They are not partial to long introductory soups, and totally disregard all side-dish references and quotations.

  • Put the artichokes in the sauce this second time to heat them and serve especially as a side-dish for boiled meat.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • She was next to her father, and was very glad to find the dinner so grand, that no side-dish fell to her lot to be carved.

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge
  • This, which can also be served as a side-dish, is made especially when you have boiled fish of good quality left over.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Potatoes and cabbage'll do for a kind of a delicacy,—sort of a side-dish,—on-tree, you know; but give 'em beans for a steady diet.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
  • In addition to the meat and potatoes there was one vegetable in a side-dish and as dessert four prunes.

    The Oakdale Affair Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Nice accompaniment to a meat dinner as a side-dish—similar to plain macaroni.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • Serve this cauliflower as an entremets or as a side-dish with boiled chicken or a stew.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Some put it into the soup; but the best way is to send it up on a plate, as a side-dish.

  • Stuffed onions are served as vegetables, or side-dish with roast-beef or boiled-beef.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
British Dictionary definitions for side-dish

side dish

noun
1.
a portion of food served in addition to the main dish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for side-dish
n.

1725, from side (adj.) + dish (n.). Restaurant phrase on the side "apart from the main dish" is attested from 1884, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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