[kom-poht; French kawn-pawt]
- fruit stewed or cooked in a syrup, usually served as a dessert.
- Also compotier. a dish, usually of glass, china, or silver, having a base, stem, and often a lid, and used for serving fruit, nuts, candy, etc.
Origin of compote
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So, offer to bring a gorgeous pie (or cobbler, crisp, crumble, tart, compote or charlotte) to your next potluck invite.Profiting From the Fruit Meltdown
July 7, 2009
A compote may also be prepared with half currants and half raspberries.Desserts and Salads
When done, place the compote in the centre of the dish, piling it up high.Nelson's Home Comforts
Mr. Petullo, a compote's neither here nor there to the Duke.Doom Castle
At German suppers along with the meat is eaten the "compote."Suppers
It is served like plums and peaches; in salad, compote, etc.
- a dish of fruit stewed with sugar or in a syrup and served hot or cold
C17: from French composte, from Latin composita, feminine of compositus put in place; see composite
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Word Origin and History for compote
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