noun des·sert \di-ˈzərt\

: sweet food eaten after the main part of a meal

Full Definition of DESSERT

:  a usually sweet course or dish (as of pastry or ice cream) usually served at the end of a meal
British :  a fresh fruit served after a sweet course

Examples of DESSERT

  1. She doesn't care for rich desserts.
  2. Coffee and tea will be served with dessert.
  3. We had ice cream and apple pie for dessert.

Origin of DESSERT

Middle French, from desservir to clear the table, from des- de- + servir to serve, from Latin servire
First Known Use: 1600

Other Food Terms

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DESSERT Defined for Kids


noun des·sert \di-ˈzərt\

Definition of DESSERT for Kids

:  a sweet food eaten at the end of a meal


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