- 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.
Origin of dessert
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If liquor and dessert are equally essential to you enjoying the holiday, at least choose your libation wisely.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work
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Dessert is a slice of melt-in-your-mouth treacle tart with a dollop of perfectly tart clotted cream.Join The Mile High (Dining) Club
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“No thanks,” I said when my mother offered me dessert after dinner.The Biggest Myths and Truths About Baby Making
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And the latest hot trend in dessert has proven to be something of a backlash to cupcakes.The Cupcake Boom’s Sugar High Finally Crashes
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In other words, it is candy, or the meal formerly known as dessert.Your Health Food’s Hidden Sugar Bomb
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The sauce to use depends on the dessert that it is to accompany.
Other sauces, however, may be used with this dessert if desired.
The dessert was on the table before Clarence had done with the mammoth.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
"Mendiants" are raisins and nuts, the nearest to dessert that at this season you could get at Garniers.The Incomplete Amorist
Pierre did not speak out until they were partaking of dessert.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- the sweet, usually last course of a meal
- mainly British (esp formerly) fruit, dates, nuts, etc, served at the end of a meal
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
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