cake, pie, fruit, pudding, ice cream, etc., served as the final course of a meal.
British. a serving of fresh fruit after the main course of a meal.

Nearby words

  1. desquamative,
  2. desquamative inflammatory vaginitis,
  3. dessalines,
  4. dessalines, jean jacques,
  5. dessau,
  6. dessert fork,
  7. dessert knife,
  8. dessert wine,
  9. dessertspoon,
  10. dessertspoonful

Origin of dessert

1780–90; < French, derivative of desservir to clear the table. See dis-1, serve

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British Dictionary definitions for dessert



the sweet, usually last course of a meal
mainly British (esp formerly) fruit, dates, nuts, etc, served at the end of a meal

Word Origin for dessert

C17: from French, from desservir to clear a table, from des- dis- 1 + servir to serve

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Word Origin and History for dessert



c.1600, from Middle French dessert (mid-16c.) "last course," literally "removal of what has been served," from desservir "clear the table," literally "un-serve," from des- "remove, undo" (see dis-) + Old French servir "to serve" (see serve (v.)).

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