Definition of tiramisu in English:


(also tiramisù)


  • An Italian dessert consisting of layers of sponge cake soaked in coffee and brandy or liqueur with powdered chocolate and mascarpone cheese.

    • ‘For dessert we shared a rather wonderful tiramisu - a traditional Italian trifle.’
    • ‘Other desserts include tiramisu and a bonbon liqueur, which looked as if it came from the Viennetta school of dessert design.’
    • ‘Two kinds of desserts are on offer - tiramisu and warm chocolate almond tart served with ice cream.’
    • ‘I fully expect a movie double feature, ridiculous amount of Chinese food and a more creative dessert than tiramisu or birthday cake.’
    • ‘Caesar salad dressing, the Italian dessert tiramisu, homemade ice cream, chocolate mousse, eggnog, cookie dough, and frostings can contain raw eggs.’
    • ‘This mouth-watering collection includes such unusual puds as rhubarb tiramisu, loads of different cheesecakes, ice creams and souffles and some great sauces.’
    • ‘Beginning with appetizers of calamari and garlic bread and ending with a dessert of creamy tiramisu and vanilla ice cream.’
    • ‘One such confection is the Venetian dessert tiramisu, meaning pick-me-up, which involves first creaming the mascarpone with yolks of egg and a little fresh cream, and then incorporating whipped whites of egg.’
    • ‘But if I told you that you had a choice out of the crumble, home made chocolate brownies, a tiramisu dripping with brandy, and a rich crème brûlée, you might find that you didn't want the crumble after all.’
    • ‘The tiramisu was perhaps the smallest I have seen in Sofia, admitting that in some restaurants in this city the quantity of tiramisu on a dessert plate is no substitute for quality, but my companion was unimpressed.’
    • ‘All dinners include field green salad, small tiramisu for dessert and coffee or tea.’
    • ‘We have a wonderful meal with a delicious dessert like tiramisu.’
    • ‘It's packed with all hot desserts, souffles, ice cream, fresh fruit, pistachio cake, tiramisu, cheese cakes and fresh crêpes - for those who don't mind putting on a pound or two.’
    • ‘The Italian teaser, for example, features tiramisu with baby cannolis, tart lemon curd gelato, and brandied coffee sauce.’
    • ‘His staff complains that he is cutting corners to save money by putting ordinary cream cheese in the tiramisu (an Italian dessert).’
    • ‘I also like buffalo mozzarella, ravioli and, for dessert, tiramisu.’
    • ‘But there's also Malibu madness, rum and raisin, tiramisu coffee liqueur and brown bread and whisky made with eight-year-old Scotch.’
    • ‘To cap it all is the most popular dessert called tiramisu.’
    • ‘With a repertoire of everything from sticky toffee pudding to tiramisu, the club, from East Yorkshire, is starting its 2005 charity work with a bang.’
    • ‘Desserts however were hugely represented, from mousses, cakes, tiramisu, and tarts to chocolates.’


Italian, from the phrase tirami su pick me up.