plural dim sums also dim sum
: traditional Chinese food consisting of a variety of items (such as steamed or fried dumplings, pieces of cooked chicken, and rice balls) served in small portions

Examples of dim sum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In College Point, New York, the Buffet recently augmented its pan-Asian offerings (sushi, hibachi, dim sum, teppanyaki) with a Brazilian Churrasco Experience. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Guests at traditional dim sum restaurants are given menus to mark their selections. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 23 Mar. 2024 Typically, dim sum is eaten family-style during brunch hours and accompanied by tea. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 23 Mar. 2024 The Chinese restaurant, which opened last year — and has sister locations in McLean and on Capitol Hill — offers authentic dim sum dishes priced cheaply enough to order several. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 1 June 2023 Celebrate the new year at Breathless Wines with dim sum, tarot readings and sparkling Lunar New Year delights. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024 From traditional dim sum and pho to Korean BBQ and Thai curries, Chinatown’s restaurants span the entire spectrum of Asian flavors. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 3 Oct. 2023 After that, Beverly Hills, then Hollywood to see the Walk of Fame, then Griffith Park for a hike, then Chinatown for dim sum, then downtown, perhaps to catch an evening show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Caroline Mimbs Nyce, The Atlantic, 15 Feb. 2024 The Piedmont Asian American Club will host a community celebration featuring dim sum, lion dancing and art activities, as well as food and treats for purchase. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dim sum was in 1948

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“Dim sum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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