dim sum [dim′ sum′, -so̵om′]
A variety of dim sum in bamboo containers.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a small casing of dough filled variously with minced meat, vegetables, etc. and steamed or fried
- a variety of such casings and other foods served as a light meal
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A traditional Chinese cuisine in which small portions of a variety of foods, including an assortment of steamed or fried dumplings, are served in succession.
Origin: Chinese (Cantonese) tímsam, light refreshments, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) diǎn, spot, drop + Chinese (Mandarin) xīn, heart.