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dim sum

[ dim suhm ]
/ ˈdɪm ˈsʌm /

noun Chinese Cookery.

small dumplings, usually steamed or fried and filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, condiments, etc.


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Nearby words

diluvial, diluvialism, diluvium, dim, dim bulb, dim sum, dim-out, dim-witted, dim., dimaggio, dimaggio, joe

Origin of dim sum

1965–70; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) dím sàm, equivalent to Chinese diǎnxīn (diǎn dot, speck + xīn heart) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dim sum

dim sum

/ (ˈdɪm ˈsʌm) /


a Chinese appetizer of steamed dumplings containing various fillings

Word Origin for dim sum

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dim sum

dim sum


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper