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sweet food, often served as the last course of a meal: I’ll have my dessert first.
Not to be confused with:
desert – a dry, barren region: Mojave Desert; deserved: received his just desert; abandon: desert a family to pursue selfish desires
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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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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"
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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
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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)
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[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
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nNachtisch m, → Dessert nt; for dessertals or zum Nachtisch


dessert apple
nDessertapfel m
dessert plate
dessert wine
nDessertwein m
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[dɪˈzɜːt] ndessert m inv, dolce m
dessert plate → piatto da dessert
dessert wine → vino da dessert
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(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).
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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
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n postre m
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References in classic literature ?
Thou hast nourished us with strong food for men, and powerful proverbs: do not let the weakly, womanly spirits attack us anew at dessert!
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.
I had just consummated an unusually hearty dinner, of which the dyspeptic truffe formed not the least important item, and was sitting alone in the dining-room, with my feet upon the fender, and at my elbow a small table which I had rolled up to the fire, and upon which were some apologies for dessert, with some miscellaneous bottles of wine, spirit andliqueur.
The latter seemed only half decided to disturb himself thus in the middle of supper, and it was clear he was trying to invent some pretext, whether good or bad, for delay, at any rate till after dessert. And it appeared also that he had hit upon an excuse at last.
With his own hands he afterwards put on the dessert, as remarking to the three guests, 'The period has now arrived at which we can dispense with the assistance of those fellows who are not in our confidence,' and would have retired with complete dignity but for a daring action issuing from the misguided brain of the young man on liking.
There's the dessert,--nuts, you know, and cowslip wine."
Two days afterwards, he was dining at the Manor with her uncle and the Chettams, and when the dessert was standing uneaten, the servants were out of the room, and Mr.
Julie, nervous and depressed, stole away before dessert, and Mrs.
True, I replied, I had forgotten; of course they must have a relish-salt, and olives, and cheese, and they will boil roots and herbs such as country people prepare; for a dessert we shall give them figs, and peas, and beans; and they will roast myrtle-berries and acorns at the fire, drinking in moderation.
It was evening, and just eight o'clock, when he and his father, having wine and dessert set before them, were left to themselves for the first time that day.
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.