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dessert

[ dih-zurt ]
/ dɪˈzɜrt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of dessert

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dessert

1. desert, dessert 2. deserts, desserts
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British Dictionary definitions for dessert

dessert
/ (dɪˈzɜːt) /

noun

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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