rice Definition

  • 1a cereal plant that is the most important staple food of half the world's population, especially in Asia
  • 2the small grains or seeds of this plant, used as food

Using rice: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rice" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I had rice and chicken for dinner.

  • Example

    Rice is a major crop in many countries.

  • Example

    She grows rice on her farm.

  • Example

    He ordered a side of rice with his curry.

rice Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for rice

Idioms Using rice

  • a situation or condition of comfort and ease


    After years of hard work, he finally retired to a bed of rice.

  • to have a lot on one's plate

    to have a lot of things to do or deal with


    I can't go out tonight, I have a lot on my plate right now.

  • to cause trouble or provoke a reaction


    She's always stirring the pot and causing drama.

Phrases with rice

  • a type of rice that grows naturally in shallow freshwater marshes and along the shores of streams and lakes


    The indigenous people of North America have been harvesting wild rice for centuries.

  • a sweet dessert made by cooking rice with milk and sugar and often flavored with cinnamon or vanilla


    My grandmother used to make the best rice pudding.

  • an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice, typically consumed in East and Southeast Asia


    Sake is a type of rice wine that originated in Japan.

Origins of rice

from Old French 'ris', from Italian 'riso', from Greek 'oryza', probably of Oriental origin


Summary: rice in Brief

The term 'rice' [raɪs] refers to a cereal plant that is a staple food for many people around the world. It is commonly used in dishes like curry and sushi, and can be found in various forms such as wild rice and rice wine. Idioms like 'a bed of rice' denote comfort and ease, while 'to have a lot on one's plate' means having a lot to do. 'To stir the pot' means to cause trouble or provoke a reaction.

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