dim sum

or dim·sum

[ dim-suhm ]
/ ˈdɪmˈsʌm /

noun Chinese Cooking.

small dumplings, usually steamed or fried and filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, condiments, etc.
a traditional light meal or dish consisting of these dumplings or other small items of savory or sweet food:an assortment of dim sum, which included shrimp dumplings, spring rolls, and steamed pork ribs.

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Origin of dim sum

First recorded in 1965–70; from Chinese dialect (Guangdong) dím sàm, equivalent to Chinese diǎnxīn (diǎn “dot, speck” + xīn “heart”)

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British Dictionary definitions for dim sum

dim sum
/ (ˈdɪm ˈsʌm) /

noun

a Chinese appetizer of steamed dumplings containing various fillings

Word Origin for dim sum

Cantonese
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