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dim sum

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noun \ˈdim-ˈsəm\

Definition of dim sum

plural

dim sums

also

dim sum

  1. :  traditional Chinese food consisting of a variety of items (as steamed or fried dumplings, pieces of cooked chicken, and rice balls) served in small portions



Origin and Etymology of dim sum

Chinese (Guangdong) dímsām, from dím dot, speck + sām heart


First Known Use: 1948


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