parfait

noun
par·fait | \pär-ˈfā \

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

Examples of parfait in a Sentence

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Godiva: Buy a soft-serve cup or cone and parfaits Sunday and get 50 percent off the second at participating locations Sunday. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "What's the scoop? See the deals Sunday for National Ice Cream Day," 13 July 2018 Starbucks has some terrific breakfast options for about 300 calories, like their yogurt parfaits and egg-white wraps. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "Ask Hungry Girl: How Do I Avoid Eating Terribly When Traveling?," 30 May 2012 Starting tomorrow, the superfood subscription service will add Summer Harvest Bowls to its roster—which has expanded to include the likes of chia parfaits and savory soups. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "5 New Healthy Meal-Delivery Programs, Just In Time for Summer," 11 July 2018 The fruit parfait bowl started with Fruit Loops and Fruity Pebbles, topping them with blueberries, granola, and strawberry sauce. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Cereal and ice cream, together at Moo Moo Cereal Milk Bar," 5 July 2018 Anyone can use fruit to make a sweet dish: apple brown betty, strawberry parfait, cherry pie. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 Desserts include mini rum pineapple upside down cake, peach melba panna cotta parfait, sour cherry mousse cake, and mango kulfi. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Wolfgang Puck Catering’s Summer Menu Offers a Taste of Paradise," 26 June 2018 The entire breakfast menu is available all day through program with items such as McMuffins, sausage biscuits, pancakes, burritos and parfaits. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "McDonald's picks Orlando to test breakfast catering," 22 May 2018 Indeed, in a parfait with coconut-milk yogurt, honey, fresh fruit and a milder-tasting New York Natto product made with black soybeans, the smell and slime were almost completely unnoticeable. Charles Passy, WSJ, "One Dish Too Far: Japanese Fermented Soybeans," 15 June 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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parfait

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parfait

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

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