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