com·​pote | \ ˈkäm-ˌpōt How to pronounce compote (audio) \

Definition of compote

1 : a dessert of fruit cooked in syrup
2 : a bowl of glass, porcelain, or metal usually with a base and stem from which compotes, fruits, nuts, or sweets are served

Examples of compote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Youn Kyoung-won, who runs a business selling fruit compote, accompanied her daughter to the Space Out Competition., 29 May 2021 The palate is pure silk, energetic and concentrated, with a beam of black cherries and black plum compote, an undertow of dark chocolate, and grace notes of baker’s chocolate, peppercorns, licorice, fennel seeds, and mocha. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Luschen's initial dessert roster includes a rhubarb-lime custard tart with buttermilk ice cream, a vanilla bean panna cotta with strawberry-black pepper compote, a cheese board and nightly semifreddo and sorbet selections. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 10 May 2021 Others are more like pie, with a jammy compote sandwiched between two flaky crusts. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 Spicy and juicy, with flavors of raspberry, tart cherry and boysenberry compote, all tart and sweet at the same time, with a hint of smoky leather in the background. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 The foie gras will be on plantain brioche and slathered with soursop compote. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 18 Mar. 2021 Start by spooning raspberry jam or blueberry compote over your matzoh brei, or top it with pan-sauteed apples or caramelized bananas and pecans. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021 Some restaurants stuff the French toast with custard or fruit compote, and there are even savory variations on the meal. Laura Wheatman Hill,, 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of compote

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compote

French, from Old French composte, from Latin composta, feminine of compostus, past participle

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The first known use of compote was in 1693

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6 Jun 2021

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“Compote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of compote

: a dessert made of fruits cooked with sugar


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