Dessert meaning

dĭ-zûrt'
Uncooked fruit served after, or in place of, the sweet course.
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A sweet confection served as the last course of a meal.
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A usually sweet course or dish, as of fruit, ice cream, or pastry, served at the end of a meal.
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A usually sweet course, as of pie, cake, or ice cream, served at the end of a meal.
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Dessert is defined as something sweet you eat after a meal.

An example of dessert is cake or pudding.

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Fresh fruit, nuts, or sweetmeats served after the sweet course of a dinner.
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Origin of dessert

  • French from Old French desservir to clear the table des- de- servir to serve serve
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary
  • From French dessert, from desservir (“disserve”), from dés- (“dis-”) and servir (“serve”), thus literally meaning “removal of what has been served”.
    From Wiktionary