- a serving of a portion of food in addition to the principal food, usually on a separate dish.
- the small additional dish used for such food.
Origin of side dish
First recorded in 1715–25
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Examples from the Web for side-dish
Put the artichokes in the sauce this second time to heat them and serve especially as a side-dish for boiled meat.
This, which can also be served as a side-dish, is made especially when you have boiled fish of good quality left over.
They are not partial to long introductory soups, and totally disregard all side-dish references and quotations.
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
Some put it into the soup; but the best way is to send it up on a plate, as a side-dish.The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual
- a portion of food served in addition to the main dish
Word Origin and History for side-dish
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