Definition of dessert
1 : a usually sweet course or dish (as of pastry or ice cream) usually served at the end of a meal
2 British : a fresh fruit served after a sweet course
Examples of dessert in a Sentence
She doesn't care for rich desserts.
Coffee and tea will be served with dessert.
We had ice cream and apple pie for dessert.
Recent Examples of dessert from the Web
Their restaurants’ desserts include a vegan gelato, Cashewtopia, from a company called Organic Nectars.
Urban Cookhouse, open for lunch and dinner all week, offers hot plates, wraps, sandwiches, desserts, craft beer and wine by the glass.
Desserts include Swiss chocolate mousse cake with homemade raspberry sauce, carrot cake, key lime pie, turtle and plain cheesecakes and banana and coconut cream pies.
The dessert was to be named after Charles-Simon Favart, an 18th-century French playwright for whom the opera’s main performance space is also named.
Win a Vitamix Sweeten up your summer with smoothies, juices and frozen desserts crafted in this top-of-the-line blender.
Arnulfo: the guy as compact as a propane tank who couldn’t explain how to prep the salads and desserts.
Dine in for dinner, then enjoy a flick and dessert alfresco.
Also at the festival were some of New York City’s best desserts (see the Ring Dings and the Cakies below).
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Where does the idiom just deserts come from?
Why do we say that someone has gotten their just deserts? Does this turn of phrase have anything to do with dessert (“a sweet food eaten at the end of a meal”) or desert (“a dry land with few plants and little rainfall”)? In fact, the phrase employs neither of these words. Instead, it uses a completely unrelated word that happens to be pronounced like the word for sweets and spelled like the one for a dry place: desert, meaning “reward or punishment deserved or earned by one’s qualities or acts.” This little-used noun is, as you might have guessed, related to the English verb deserve. It has nothing to do with arid, dry land, or with cookies and ice cream.
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: 1600See Words from the same year
DESSERT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dessert for English Language Learners
: sweet food eaten after the main part of a meal
DESSERT Defined for Kids
Definition of dessert for Students
: a sweet food eaten at the end of a meal
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