dim sum

[dim suhm]
noun Chinese Cookery.
  1. small dumplings, usually steamed or fried and filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, condiments, etc.

Origin of dim sum

1965–70; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) dím sàm, equivalent to Chinese diǎnxīn (diǎn dot, speck + xīn heart)
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British Dictionary definitions for dim sum

dim sum

noun
  1. a Chinese appetizer of steamed dumplings containing various fillings

Word Origin for dim sum

Cantonese
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Word Origin and History for dim sum
n.

1948, from Cantonese dim sam (Chinese dianxin) "appetizer," said to mean literally "touch the heart."

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