Dim Sum Definition

dĭm so͝om, sŭm
A small dumpling filled variously with minced meat, vegetables, etc. and steamed or fried.
Webster's New World
A variety of such dumplings and other foods served as a light meal.
Webster's New World

Origin of Dim Sum

  • Cantonese dim2 sam1 light refreshments (equivalent to Mandarin diǎnxīn) from Middle Chinese tiam´ sim tiam´ dot, point, spot sim heart, mind (from Proto-Sino-Tibetan sam, sem) (Tibetan sem(s) to think)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Cantonese 點心 (dim2 sam1), Mandarin pinyin: diǎnxin/diǎnxīn). The derivation is unclear. means "dot, point" and means "heart" leading many to translate this "dim sum" as “touch the heart” or “dotted heart.”

    From Wiktionary

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