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1. A dessert made of cream, eggs, sugar, and flavoring frozen together and served in a tall glass.
2. A sweet dish usually made of ice cream, yogurt, or other creamy food layered with fruit, granola, nuts, or other ingredients, often served in a tall glass.

[French, from Old French, perfect, from Latin perfectus; see perfect.]
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(Cookery) a rich frozen dessert made from eggs and cream with ice cream, fruit, etc
[from French: perfect]
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1. a dessert of layered ice cream, fruit, or syrup, and whipped cream.
2. a frozen dessert of flavored whipped cream or custard.
[1890–95; < French: literally, perfect < Latin perfectus. See perfect]
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- Literally French for "perfect."
See also related terms for perfect.
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Noun1.parfait - layers of ice cream and syrup and whipped creamparfait - layers of ice cream and syrup and whipped cream
frozen dessert - any of various desserts prepared by freezing
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パフェ (pafe)
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After half an hour's interview in the dining-room, during which they got in touch with each other in an amazing way, Rita told us in her best GRANDE DAME manner: "MAIS IL ESI PARFAIT, CET HOMME." He was perfect.
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