or ti·ra·mi·sù

[ tir-uh-mee-soo, ‐mee-soo ]
/ ˌtɪr əˈmi su, ‐miˈsu /


an Italian dessert with coffee and liquor-soaked layers of sponge cake alternating with mascarpone cheese and chocolate.


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Origin of tiramisu

< Italian tiramisù, equivalent to tira pick + mi me + up
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British Dictionary definitions for tiramisu

/ (ˌtiːrəmiːˈsuː) /


an Italian dessert made with sponge soaked in coffee and Marsala, topped with soft cheese and powdered chocolate

Word Origin for tiramisu

C20: from Italian tira! pull! + mi me + su up
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