Definition of parfait in English:

parfait

noun

  • 1A rich cold dessert made with whipped cream, eggs, and fruit.

    • ‘Berry lemon mousse parfait proves the donkey right.’
    • ‘But I never had tapioca-coconut-and-winter-fruit parfait there.’
    • ‘His dark chocolate and maple parfait was more than acceptable too, though the white chocolate sauce was for those who have an exceptionally sweet tooth.’
    • ‘Of several good puddings, I tried white chocolate parfait with a goat's milk yoghurt, which stamped, as goaty things will, on the gentle chocolate, but was a fascinating flavour.’
    • ‘It's presented on a block of glass strewn with herbs, along with three Armagnac grapes encrusted in cornflakes and a foie gras parfait topped with a capering silver monkey.’
    • ‘Because of the rough seas, scallops are not on the menu, but I console myself with fresh Loch Gruinart oysters, followed by the fillet of Islay beef and a parfait for dessert.’
    • ‘Hers was by far the better of the two, the parfait a rich, pungent slab of flavour that left her purring.’
    • ‘Why not replace formulaic desserts like cheesecake with additional fresh choices like their praline parfait?’
    • ‘One of our choices was an apple crumble, which brilliantly combined sweet and tart tastes, together with vanilla parfait and toffee sauce.’
    • ‘Remove parfait from the refrigerator and garnish with whipped cream, a fresh raspberry and the ground, toasted almonds.’
    • ‘There's also a cloying crème brûlée made with semolina, and a refreshingly chalky caramel parfait on a bed of thinly sliced stewed pears.’
    • ‘In complete contrast to our disagreeable dining companion, the duck liver parfait he ordered was rich and smooth.’
    • ‘The gourmet menu will include duckling terrine with apple celery salad, horseradish cream soup with pan fired salmon, grilled tenderloin of beef and a dessert of cinnamon parfait with poached sour cherries.’
    • ‘Desserts included hot apple pie and ice cream, Baileys liqueur gateau and triple liqueur parfait.’
    • ‘We went for a cheese plate and a caramelised banana with Baileys parfait.’
    • ‘I stuck to adventurous mode and ordered white-wine-poached pear with chocolate orange parfait and coffee creme anglaise: an incongruous mix.’
    • ‘For the chocolate parfait, arrange six 6-inch ring molds on a parchment-lined sheet tray.’
    • ‘Unmold a chocolate foam next to the parfait with a caramel tuile in between.’
    • ‘As it is, I devoured a big pudding parfait from the café downstairs this afternoon for lunch.’
    • ‘The coconut parfait with a tart mango coulis worked well and the chocolate terrine with raspberry coulis was similarly good, with an interesting saltire of green pistachios studding its top.’
    1. 1.1A dessert consisting of layers of ice cream, meringue, and fruit, served in a tall glass.
      • ‘This summer parfait, with frozen blueberry and apricot compote, based with a mascarpone ice cream and set upon a meringue… was amazing.’
      • ‘The Samba-Brazil nut and date cake, Brazilian pecan nut and cocoa parfait make up for the Latin American team's fans.’
      • ‘I like the cereal parfait, which is a mix of toasted breakfast crunch with raspberry and honey ice-cream.’
      • ‘The parfait had a nice light green color and a fresh strong taste of mint.’
      • ‘The parfait was creamy, smooth and utterly delicious.’
      • ‘Fancying a ‘peanut-buster parfait,’ she found a Dairy Queen and got in line. A couple were bickering very loudly in front of her.’
      • ‘Mother had the pineapple parfait which delivered a refreshingly sweet and chilled end to her meal.’
      • ‘A chocolate parfait did eventually arrive, but only after a third request.’
      • ‘Set a chocolate parfait in the center and arrange some chocolate curls and crepe cones on top.’
      • ‘The combination of the rich yet subtle flavours of the parfait meshed perfectly with the chutney, while the soft, warm brioche melted in my mouth.’
      • ‘Thompson stood silently as the two women brought out a carafe of coffee and glasses of ice cream parfait for dessert.’
      • ‘The one to blow you away consists of delicate, yielding meringue discs, layered with lemon and lime parfait and drizzled with a lime syrup.’
  • 2A rich pâté with a very smooth consistency.

    • ‘I started with carpaccio of Orkney Gold beef with parmesan and wild rocket, while Susie went for the parfait of chicken livers with melba toast.’
    • ‘We could have chosen from chicken liver, foie gras parfait or chargrilled asparagus or lime marinated red mullet.’
    • ‘I do not recommend the parfait of foie gras and chicken liver, which had a cloying sweetness at the edges, or the fried Blue Point oysters, void of ocean freshness.’
    • ‘In complete contrast to our disagreeable dining companion, the duck liver parfait he ordered was rich and smooth.’
    • ‘We chose to share a parfait of chicken livers with foie gras.’
    • ‘I had a sublime salmon tartare with lemon crème fraîche and caviar, and my husband grudgingly let me taste his foie gras/duck parfait / brioche thing.’
    • ‘We were served a simple amuse bouche of foie gras parfait, on a thin poppadom covered in poppy seeds.’
    • ‘It's presented on a block of glass strewn with herbs, along with three armagnac grapes encrusted in cornflakes and a foie gras parfait topped with a capering silver monkey.’
    • ‘The three recipes here are different, yet not quite as wacky as foie gras parfait or mustard ice-cream (yet more Fat Duck specialities).’
    • ‘Then there was jelly again with cream in a specially custom-made porcelain egg: something like a foie gras parfait.’

Origin

From the French adjective parfait, literally perfect.

Pronunciation:

parfait

/ˈpɑːfeɪ/