parfait

noun
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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From time to time, Mr. Belair shops at Market on the Green and is now a fan of its yogurt parfait with granola. ProMedica patient Michael Belair, seen shopping at Market on the Green, sought advice on nutrition. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Take Two Aspirin—and a Serving of Kale," 22 Oct. 2018 This morning breakfast consisted of a gluten-free parfait—layers of coconut yogurt, fruit, and granola topped with goji and other berries and hemp—served in a mason jar. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, "How GroundSea Fitness Is Bringing West-Coast Wellness Trends Back to the Berkshires," 17 Oct. 2016 The soles — platforms stacked atop platforms — are like a parfait of molded rubber. Robin Givhan, The Seattle Times, "Are designers trolling us with ‘ugly’ fashion — or is it us?," 6 Aug. 2018 But for those who want to cut back on carbs, there are Abbotsford farm cage-free eggs hard-boiled and peeled as well as a low-fat vanilla yogurt and blueberry parfait with cinnamon pumpkin seeds, chia, and whole grain-oat granola. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Amtrak revamps its food and beverage menu," 15 June 2018 Shake up the Turkey Day dessert table by preparing a lovely, scrumptious, easy parfait or tart. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 Other examples of chef Scott Davies’ take on farm-to-table cuisine: local Rose beef with Isle of Barra snail ravioli and honey-yogurt parfait with a dusting of Douglas fir and almonds. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "5 Restaurants Genuinely Worth Traveling For," 24 Oct. 2018 Dishes include a Korean noodle salad, parfait made with summer berries, responsibly sourced striped sea bass, watermelon mojito and lavender coconut cold brew. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Oprah invests in True Food Kitchen, former Sam Fox restaurant that started in Phoenix," 11 July 2018 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

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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

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

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