A tray of traditional French desserts.
An example of dessert is cake or pudding.
- a usually sweet course, as of pie, cake, or ice cream, served at the end of a meal
- Brit. uncooked fruit served after, or in place of, the sweet course
Origin of dessertMiddle English from Old French from desservir, to clear the table from des- (L de), from + servir (L servire), serve
- A usually sweet course or dish, as of fruit, ice cream, or pastry, served at the end of a meal.
- Chiefly British Fresh fruit, nuts, or sweetmeats served after the sweet course of a dinner.
Origin of dessertFrench from Old French desservir to clear the table des- de- servir to serve ; see serve .
From French dessert, from desservir (“disserve”), from dés- (“dis-”) and servir (“serve”), thus literally meaning “removal of what has been served”.
Note: It has been suggested (e.g. in "Glucose syrups: Technology and Applications" (Peter Hull, 2010)) that the word is derived from the name of Benjamin Delessert, the inventor of Beet sugar. The term predates him by at least a century, however.