com·​pote | \ˈkäm-ˌpōt \

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

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The inside is filled with a raspberry compote, and the whole thing is dusted with edible glitter. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Eat Your Way Through All of Disney's Halloween Treats?," 1 Oct. 2018 Likewise, the dessert menu will include angel food cake with blueberry compote that looks like cheese cake. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Science Behind the World’s Longest Flights," 15 Aug. 2018 Add cranberries, pear and cooled compote, and mix thoroughly. 5. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Spoon plum compote on top of dough, leaving ¾-inch border around edge. 5. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "This French plum tart is a bit on the shy side," 11 Sep. 2018 Mesquite honey chicken tacos ($12 for three) with fruit compote and chevre stick their toes over the line of being too saucy and sweet, but only just barely. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Helio Basin Brewing Co. brings Arizona cuisine to Phoenix brewery, but fascinating menu feels out of place," 6 June 2018 The dessert: Everyone knows that with every great dad comes an even greater mom, and Frillman makes a tribute to his own mother with Nancy’s Kahlua cake ($6) topped with strawberry compote. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Daisies in Logan Square makes the case for dad food," 3 Aug. 2017 Spoon this sweet-tart compote over your favorite vanilla ice cream and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Anush Elbakyan,, "3 easy no-bake summer dessert recipes," 29 June 2018 It was served with a compote of Champagne, rose water and strawberries. New York Times, "She Wanted Lavish, He Was Fine With City Hall," 8 June 2018

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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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: a dessert made of fruits cooked with sugar

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