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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Like a parfait, the mantle contains distinct mineral layers determined by heat and pressure.
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Origin and Etymology of parfait
French, literally, something perfect, from parfait perfect, from Latin perfectus
First Known Use: 1894See Words from the same year
PARFAIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of parfait for English Language Learners
: a cold dessert made usually of layers of ice cream, fruit, and syrup with whipped cream on top
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