par·​fait | \ pär-ˈfā How to pronounce parfait (audio) \

Definition of parfait

1 : a flavored custard containing whipped cream and syrup frozen without stirring
2 : a cold dessert made of layers of fruit, syrup, ice cream, and whipped cream

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The second class was on blueberries, and residents tried a blueberry parfait. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Parkway Place creates ‘Wellness University’ to educate residents about nutrition," 12 July 2019 And new trends in wedding sweets, from doughnut walls to Mason jar parfaits, are disseminated at lightning speed through Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Couples are opting out of wedding cakes for more distinctive sweets.," 19 June 2019 Godiva: Buy a soft-serve cup or cone and parfaits Sunday and get 50% off the second Sunday. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "National Ice Cream Day brings free ice cream, deals and contests Sunday," 19 July 2019 National Ice Cream Day–which falls on Sunday, creating the chance for a weekend of sundaes, cones, milk shakes, parfaits, or other celebratory concoctions. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "How Are You Celebrating National Ice Cream Day? Here Are Some Ideas," 17 July 2019 Plus, celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a buy-one, get-one 50% off on soft serves and parfaits in stores on July 21. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to score restaurant deals and more in July around Indianapolis," 1 July 2019 Ingredients are layered in individual glasses dishes much like a parfait. Deborah Doyle, National Geographic, "Hiking Off the Beaten Path in Scotland," 8 Apr. 2019 For now, there are some grab-and-go items such as fruit parfaits and pastries, plus creative beverages like the Golden State of Mind, a latte with turmeric and honey. Janelle Bitker,, "Community Foods Market, West Oakland’s first full-scale grocery store in decades, is open," 4 June 2019 For an easy protein-packed breakfast, this five-ingredient parfait made with Greek yogurt is sure to please. Patricia Bannan, Fox News, "10 dietitian-approved breakfasts to keep you full longer," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of parfait

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parfait

French, literally, something perfect, from parfait perfect, from Latin perfectus

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The first known use of parfait was in 1894

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English Language Learners Definition of parfait

US : a cold dessert made usually of layers of ice cream, fruit, and syrup with whipped cream on top

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