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 This riff on the popular ice cream truck treat features a creamy custard center sandwiched by a blueberry compote and raspberry smash. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 2 July 2022 Followed by a deep lemon-compote flavor, terrific mineral streak, tart and refreshing but with enough rich body to hold up to heartier fare—even in winter. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The grapevine theme is on the pitcher and matching glasses, along with the covered compote and a sugar bowl with a lid. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 9 June 2022 Breakfast—a substantial one including the full Irish version of eggs, sausage, black and white pudding, grilled tomato and hash browns, and pancakes with a berry compote—is included in the room rates. John Mariani, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Herbal character showing menthol and anise, then leading into cooked compote of strawberry and cherry pie in this 100% Sangiovese wine. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Choose from a generous list of fresh toppings, like mixed berry compote, syrup, powdered sugar, and wheat germ to make this sweet brunch even more filling. AccessAtlanta, 18 June 2022 Beguiling cherry-berry aromas combine with scents of cranberry compote and something intriguingly savory. Ellen Bhang,, 7 June 2022 Gluten-free hazelnut cake topped with ganache and lingonberry compote. Marc Bona, cleveland, 31 May 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Compote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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