Definition of parfait in US English:



  • 1A dessert consisting of layers of ice cream, fruit, etc., served in a tall glass.

    • ‘Fancying a ‘peanut-buster parfait,’ she found a Dairy Queen and got in line. A couple were bickering very loudly in front of her.’
    • ‘The Samba-Brazil nut and date cake, Brazilian pecan nut and cocoa parfait make up for the Latin American team's fans.’
    • ‘The parfait had a nice light green color and a fresh strong taste of mint.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This summer parfait, with frozen blueberry and apricot compote, based with a mascarpone ice cream and set upon a meringue… was amazing.’
    • ‘I like the cereal parfait, which is a mix of toasted breakfast crunch with raspberry and honey ice-cream.’
    • ‘Set a chocolate parfait in the center and arrange some chocolate curls and crepe cones on top.’
    • ‘The one to blow you away consists of delicate, yielding meringue discs, layered with lemon and lime parfait and drizzled with a lime syrup.’
    • ‘The parfait was creamy, smooth and utterly delicious.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A rich cold dessert made with whipped cream, eggs, and often fruit.
      • ‘As it is, I devoured a big pudding parfait from the café downstairs this afternoon for lunch.’
      • ‘Why not replace formulaic desserts like cheesecake with additional fresh choices like their praline parfait?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In complete contrast to our disagreeable dining companion, the duck liver parfait he ordered was rich and smooth.’
      • ‘I stuck to adventurous mode and ordered white-wine-poached pear with chocolate orange parfait and coffee creme anglaise: an incongruous mix.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Remove parfait from the refrigerator and garnish with whipped cream, a fresh raspberry and the ground, toasted almonds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of our choices was an apple crumble, which brilliantly combined sweet and tart tastes, together with vanilla parfait and toffee sauce.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hers was by far the better of the two, the parfait a rich, pungent slab of flavour that left her purring.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unmold a chocolate foam next to the parfait with a caramel tuile in between.’
      • ‘We went for a cheese plate and a caramelised banana with Baileys parfait.’
      • ‘But I never had tapioca-coconut-and-winter-fruit parfait there.’
      • ‘For the chocolate parfait, arrange six 6-inch ring molds on a parchment-lined sheet tray.’
      • ‘Berry lemon mousse parfait proves the donkey right.’
      • ‘Desserts included hot apple pie and ice cream, Baileys liqueur gateau and triple liqueur parfait.’
      • ‘There's also a cloying crème brûlée made with semolina, and a refreshingly chalky caramel parfait on a bed of thinly sliced stewed pears.’


From the French adjective parfait, literally ‘perfect’.