Definition of dessert in US English:

dessert

noun

  • The sweet course eaten at the end of a meal.

    ‘a dessert of chocolate mousse’
    • ‘The dessert was chocolate biscuit with chocolate mousse and passion fruit sorbet.’
    • ‘While the problem was minor, I was surprised by the offer of the free meal and the dessert.’
    • ‘For dessert we shared a crème brûlée and a rhubarb and ginger crumble with ice cream.’
    • ‘For dessert sprinkle the dish of fruit with a little white sugar and serve with the cream and sorbet.’
    • ‘Pancakes make wonderful dinner party desserts, and are ideal for making ahead.’
    • ‘These easy-to-make pastries are an ideal addition to a tray of sweeter desserts.’
    • ‘The chocolate syrup with peppermint mousse is the perfect dessert for a summer day.’
    • ‘For the competition, Daniel had to cook a starter, a main course and a dessert in an hour.’
    • ‘You could, of course make your own sponge cake for this simple ice cream dessert.’
    • ‘This golden tart rounds out the selection of desserts I served at my birthday party.’
    • ‘It is best served with fruit and fruit-based desserts rather than with heavier dessert offerings.’
    • ‘The two inspectors ate what they could, polishing off the meal with some frozen desserts, before paying the bill.’
    • ‘Though not a bit hungry afterwards, we indulged ourselves with desserts and coffee.’
    • ‘Don't be dismissive, however, as there is a large choice of starters, main courses and desserts.’
    • ‘I always had to put a menu together: a first course, a second course and a dessert.’
    • ‘No matter what the chef is up to with starters and mains, there will almost always be a lemon tart on the dessert list.’
    • ‘We both felt full, but not as heavy and bloated as after a meat-filled meal, so desserts were greedily ordered.’
    • ‘During the holidays it's easy to be exposed to many different types of sweet snacks and desserts.’
    • ‘A breather was necessary before indulging in one of the eight desserts on the sweet trolley.’
    • ‘You will have to give up sweet desserts and eat only at fixed times, no matter how hot or cold the weather.’
    pudding, sweet, sweet course, sweet dish, second course, last course
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, past participle of desservir ‘clear the table’, from des- (expressing removal) + servir ‘to serve’.

Pronunciation

dessert

/dəˈzərt//dəˈzərt/