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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dish served as an accompaniment to the main course.

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  • n. A serving of food meant as an accompanying dish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. one of the dishes subordinate to the main course.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dish considered as subordinate, and not the principal one of the service or course; hence, any dish made somewhat elaborate with flavorings and sauce, as distinguished from a joint, pair of fowls, or other substantial dish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dish that is served with, but is subordinate to, a main course

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  • "These dishes were also called the sides, because they lined the sides of the table, as opposed to the ends and the center. Two sides and four kickshaws were considered adequate for four to six people."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 176

    May 3, 2010