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1. A usually sweet course or dish, as of fruit, ice cream, or pastry, served at the end of a meal.
2. Chiefly British Fresh fruit, nuts, or sweetmeats served after the sweet course of a dinner.

[French, from Old French desservir, to clear the table : des-, de- + servir, to serve; see serve.]


1. (Cookery) the sweet, usually last course of a meal
2. (Cookery) chiefly Brit (esp formerly) fruit, dates, nuts, etc, served at the end of a meal
[C17: from French, from desservir to clear a table, from des- dis-1 + servir to serve]



a usu. sweet food, as cake, pudding, ice cream, or fruit, served as the final course of a meal.
[1780–90; < French, derivative of desservir to clear the table. See dis-1, serve]


1. 'desert' as a noun

A desert /'dezət/ is a large area of land where there is very little water or rain, no trees, and very few plants.

They crossed the Sahara Desert.
2. 'desert' as a verb

When people or animals desert /dɪ'zɜːt/ a place, they all leave it.

Poor farmers are deserting their fields and coming here looking for jobs.

If you desert someone, you leave them and no longer help or support them.

All our friends have deserted us.
3. 'dessert'

Dessert /dɪ'zɜːt/ is sweet food served at the end of a meal.

For dessert there was ice cream.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dessert - a dish served as the last course of a mealdessert - a dish served as the last course of a meal
course - part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three course meal"
ambrosia - fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded coconut
baked Alaska - cake covered with ice cream and meringue browned quickly in an oven
blancmange - sweet almond-flavored milk pudding thickened with gelatin or cornstarch; usually molded
charlotte - a mold lined with cake or crumbs and filled with fruit or whipped cream or custard
compote, fruit compote - dessert of stewed or baked fruit
dumpling - dessert made by baking fruit wrapped in pastry
flan - open pastry filled with fruit or custard
frozen dessert - any of various desserts prepared by freezing
junket - dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet
mousse - a rich, frothy, creamy dessert made with whipped egg whites and heavy cream
pavlova - a dessert consisting of a meringue base or cup filled with fruit and whipped cream
peach melba - ice cream and peaches with a liqueur
whip - a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit
pudding - any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed
pud, pudding - (British) the dessert course of a meal (`pud' is used informally)
sillabub, syllabub - sweetened cream beaten with wine or liquor
tiramisu - an Italian dessert consisting of layers of sponge cake soaked with coffee and brandy or liqueur layered with mascarpone cheese and topped with grated chocolate
sabayon, zabaglione - light foamy custard-like dessert served hot or chilled
mould, mold - a dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold; "a lobster mold"; "a gelatin dessert made in a mold"


noun pudding, sweet (informal), afters (Brit. informal), pud, second course, last course, sweet course We had homemade ice cream for dessert.

Desserts and sweet dishes

Atholl Brose or Athole Brose, baked Alaska, banana split, bavarois or Bavarian cream, Black Forest gateau, blancmange, blintz, bombe, bread and butter pudding, cabinet pudding, cassata, charlotte, charlotte russe, cheesecake, Christmas pudding, cobbler, college pudding, compote, coupe, cranachan, crème brûlée, crème caramel, crêpe, crêpe suzette, crumble, custard, death by chocolate, duff, dumpling, Easter-ledge pudding, Eve's pudding, flummery, fondant, fool, fruit cup, fruit salad or cocktail, gâteau, hasty pudding, ice cream, Île Flottante, jelly or (U.S.) jello, junket, kissel, knickerbocker glory, kulfi, marrons glacés, milk pudding, Mississippi mud pie, mousse, Neapolitan ice cream, nesselrode, panocha (U.S.), parfait, pashka, pavlova or (Austral. & N.Z. informal) pav, peach Melba, plum duff, plum pudding, queen of puddings, rice pudding, roly-poly, sabayon, sago, semolina, shoofly pie (U.S.), shortcake, slump (U.S.), sorbet, soufflé, sponge pudding, spotted dick, spumone or spumoni, steamed pudding, strudel, suet pudding, summer pudding, sundae, syllabub or sillabub, tapioca, tartlet, tiramisu, torte, trifle, tutti-frutti, vacherin, water ice, whip, yogurt, zabaglione
حَلْوىحَلْوَىحَلْوى بَعْد الطَّعامحَلْوَى يُخْتَتَمُ بِهَا الطَّعَامُوجْبَة التَحْلِيَه
desertssaldais ēdiens
kẹomón tráng miệng


A. Npostre m
what's for dessert?¿qué hay de postre?
B. CPD dessert apple Nmanzana f para repostería
dessert plate Nplato m de postre
dessert wine Nvino m dulce (para el postre)


[dɪˈzɜːrt] ndessert m
for dessert → comme dessert dessert apple, dessert chocolate, dessert menu, dessert plate, dessert winedessert apple npomme f à couteaudessert chocolate nchocolat m à croquerdessert menu ncarte f des dessertsdessert plate nassiette f à dessert


nNachtisch m, → Dessert nt; for dessertals or zum Nachtisch


dessert apple
nDessertapfel m
dessert plate
dessert wine
nDessertwein m


[dɪˈzɜːt] ndessert m inv, dolce m
dessert plate → piatto da dessert
dessert wine → vino da dessert


(diˈzəːt) noun
1. the sweet course in a meal; pudding. We had ice-cream for dessert.
2. fruits, sweets etc served at the end of dinner.

to eat a dessert (not desert).


حَلْوى, حَلْوَى, حَلْوَى يُخْتَتَمُ بِهَا الطَّعَامُ dezert, sladkost dessert, slik Bonbon, Nachspeise γλυκό, επιδόρπιο caramelo, postre jälkiruoka, makeinen dessert desert, repete, slatko dessert, dolce デザート, 甘いもの 디저트, 사탕 snoepje, toetje dessert, sukkertøy cukierek, deser doce, sobremesa десерт, конфета efterrätt, godsak ขนม, ของหวาน şeker, tatlı kẹo, món tráng miệng 正餐后的甜食, 甜点


n postre m
References in classic literature ?
I'll have blancmange and strawberries for dessert, and coffee too, if you want to be elegant.
Now, there's Dinah gets you a capital dinner,--soup, ragout, roast fowl, dessert, ice-creams and all,--and she creates it all out of chaos and old night down there, in that kitchen.
Elton was still talking, still engaged in some interesting detail; and Emma experienced some disappointment when she found that he was only giving his fair companion an account of the yesterday's party at his friend Cole's, and that she was come in herself for the Stilton cheese, the north Wiltshire, the butter, the cellery, the beetroot, and all the dessert.
When the dessert and the wine were arranged, and Mrs.
The dessert was not carried out till after nine and at ten footmen were still running to and fro with trays and coffee-cups.
Having placed the wine and dessert on the table, Magdalen was about to withdraw.
Everybody else said the same, and they must be allowed to have been competent judges, because they had just had dinner; and, with the dessert upon the table, were clustered round the fire, by lamplight.
These preparations happily completed, I bought a little dessert in Covent Garden Market, and gave a rather extensive order at a retail wine-merchant's in that vicinity.
The table was comfortably laid - no silver in the service, of course - and at the side of his chair was a capacious dumb-waiter, with a variety of bottles and decanters on it, and four dishes of fruit for dessert.
The family party (of four only) were seated round the table in the dark wainscoted parlour, with the Sunday dessert before them, of fresh filberts, apples, and pears, duly ornamented with leaves by Nancy's own hand before the bells had rung for church.
I'll just rest for a few minutes; it will be some little time yet before the King has got to dessert.
Paint what you will," said Sancho; "I enjoy your painting, and if I had dined there could be no dessert more to my taste than your portrait.