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[kom-poht; French kawn-pawt]
noun, plural com·potes [kom-pohts; French kawn-pawt] /ˈkɒm poʊts; French kɔ̃ˈpɔt/.
  1. fruit stewed or cooked in a syrup, usually served as a dessert.
  2. 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.
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Origin of compote

1685–95; < French; Old French composte < Latin composita, feminine of compositus composite; cf. compost
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  1. a dish of fruit stewed with sugar or in a syrup and served hot or cold
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Word Origin for compote

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


1690s, from French compote "stewed fruit," from Old French composte (13c.) "mixture, compost," from Vulgar Latin *composita, fem. of compositus (see composite). Etymologically the same word as compost (n.).

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