Definition of dessert noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːt//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrt//
[uncountable, countable] Sweets and desserts, Types of meal, Dining out
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sweet food eaten at the end of a meal What's for dessert? a rich chocolate dessert a dessert wine (British English) the dessert trolley (= a table on wheels from which you choose your dessert in a restaurant) CollocationsRestaurantsEating out eat (lunch/​dinner)/dine/​meet at/​in a restaurant go (out)/take somebody (out) for lunch/​dinner/​a meal have a meal with somebody make/​have a reservation (in/​under the name of Yamada) reserve/ (especially British English) book a table for six ask for/​request a table for two/​a table by the windowIn the restaurant wait to be seated show somebody to their table sit in the corner/​by the window/​at the bar/​at the counter hand somebody/​give somebody the menu/​wine list open/​read/​study/​peruse the menu the restaurant has a three-course set menu/​a children’s menu/​an extensive wine list taste/​sample/​try the wine the waiter takes your order order/​choose/​have the soup of the day/​one of the specials/​the house (British English) speciality/(especially North American English) specialty serve/​finish the first course/​the starter/​the main course/​dessert/​coffee complain about the food/​the service/​your meal enjoy your mealPaying pay/​ask for (especially British English) the bill/(North American English) the check pay for/​treat somebody to dinner/​lunch/​the meal service is (not) included give somebody/​leave (somebody) a tip compare afters, pudding, sweet See related entries: Sweets and desserts, Types of meal, Dining out Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, past participle of desservir ‘clear the table’, from des- (expressing removal) + servir ‘to serve’.Extra examples The waiter asked us if we’d like to order a dessert. This chestnut pudding is a rich dessert with a festive flavour. We finished off with a dessert of honey and nuts. We had mousse for dessert.
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