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dessert

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noun des·sert \di-ˈzərt\

Simple Definition of dessert

  • : sweet food eaten after the main part of a meal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dessert

  1. 1 :  a usually sweet course or dish (as of pastry or ice cream) usually served at the end of a meal

  2. 2 British :  a fresh fruit served after a sweet course

Examples of dessert in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of dessert

Middle French, from desservir to clear the table, from des- de- + servir to serve, from Latin servire


First Known Use: 1600


DESSERT Defined for Kids

dessert

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noun des·sert \di-ˈzərt\

Definition of dessert for Students

  1. :  a sweet food eaten at the end of a meal





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