Dim Sum Definition
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. 點 means "dot, point" and 心 means "heart" leading many to translate this "dim sum" as “touch the heart” or “dotted heart.”
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