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

Examples of parfait in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enjoy it endless ways besides toast: in a yogurt parfait, salad dressing or meat glaze; with sparkling water and lime; or instead of simple syrup in a whiskey sour, Kentucky mule or daiquiri. Leena Trivedi-grenier,, "Capture the best of California's peaches in preserves, with a dose of revolution," 19 Aug. 2020 Think of it like a simple parfait, or like strawberries and cream, but with a sweet crunch and satisfying chew from the broken meringue. Southern Living, "Eton Mess Is the Summer Dessert We Didn’t Know We Needed," 17 June 2020 The granola is delicious to snack on or sprinkled over your favorite dairy-free yogurt to make a parfait. Dallas News, "Local gluten-free granola from Park Lane Pantry expanding to grocery stores," 26 May 2020 The Starbucks will have extended hours when the restaurant is close and will offer yogurt, parfaits and deserts. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland Texas Emergency Hospital adds Luby’s, Fuddruckers, Starbucks to cafeteria," 27 Oct. 2019 The ingredients layer on top of each other in a clear glass, forming an ombre in shades of brown resembling a parfait, often served as dessert. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "What You Need to Make 15 of the Best Coffee Drinks from Around the World," 16 Apr. 2020 Or, layer a cup or two with fresh fruit for a healthy parfait. Harmless Harvest, Bon Appétit, "Why We Can't Get Enough of this New Addition to the Yogurt Aisle," 24 Feb. 2020 Hummus Greek yogurt for dips, dressings and parfaits Turkey bacon Nuts and seeds Cheese NEXT: How to plan a week's worth of healthy lunches for under $20 Want more tips like these? NBC News, "What to eat when you work from home," 5 Sep. 2017 Pigeon-and-almond b'steeya precede eggplant zaalouk, harira lentil soup—as reassuring and garden-herb-scented as my grandmother's hug—and argan-oil parfait. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Oberoi Marrakech: First In," 25 Mar. 2020

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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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31 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parfait.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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