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Definition of dumpling

1a : a small mass of dough cooked by boiling or steaming
b : a usually baked dessert of fruit wrapped in dough
2 : something soft and rounded like a dumpling especially : a short fat person or animal

Examples of dumpling in a Sentence

We had vegetarian dumplings as an appetizer.
Recent Examples on the Web There is a specific number of folds on each dumpling, and each needs a special technique. Reese Oxner, Dallas News, "Kitchen Master brings handmade dumplings and Taiwanese cuisine to Frisco," 8 June 2020 The dumpling is filled with a pork jelly with herbs that takes half a day to prepare. Reese Oxner, Dallas News, "Kitchen Master brings handmade dumplings and Taiwanese cuisine to Frisco," 8 June 2020 The noodles and dumplings popular in the state of Sikkim are similar to those of East Asia. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our 45 Best Indian Recipes," 21 May 2020 Sure, most people mix it in with noodles or dumplings; a polite jar often sits with a tiny spoon on the table at many Chinese restaurants. Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "Best of the West: The Foods That Get Us Through," 7 Apr. 2020 Ichigoh Ramen Lounge has offered ramen and sake pairings, and Monkey King Noodle Company is still selling noodles and dumplings for takeout and delivery. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Deep Ellum to go: Where to get takeout barbecue, burgers, sushi, beer and even groceries," 7 Apr. 2020 Northern China Eatery stays true to the staples of the region’s cuisine: dishes that make use of wheat flour (noodles, dumplings, steamed buns, pancakes). al, "How to spend 24 hours on Buford Highway in Atlanta," 25 Mar. 2020 Join a family in their kitchen to learn how to prepare handmade noodles and momos, dumplings made with buckwheat grown in the fields surrounding Bumthang. National Geographic, "Bhutan Expedition: Journey to the Last Himalayan Kingdom," 20 Sep. 2019 Many restaurants in South Korea sell North Korean-style cold noodles, dumplings and other food. Washington Post, "North Korean-themed restaurant in Seoul removes Kim images," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dumpling

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dumpling

perhaps alteration of lump

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The first known use of dumpling was circa 1600

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3 Jul 2020

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“Dumpling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumpling. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dumpling

: a small lump of dough that is boiled or steamed
: a piece of food that is wrapped in dough and cooked


dump·​ling | \ ˈdəmp-liŋ How to pronounce dumpling (audio) \

Kids Definition of dumpling

1 : a small amount of dough cooked by boiling or steaming
2 : a dessert of fruit wrapped in dough

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