Definition of dim sum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


dim sum

BrE BrE//ˌdɪm ˈsʌm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪm ˈsʌm//
(also dim sim
BrE BrE//ˌdɪm ˈsɪm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪm ˈsɪm//
[uncountable] (from Chinese) Savoury dishes
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a Chinese dish or meal consisting of small pieces of food wrapped in sheets of dough See related entries: Savoury dishes Word Originfrom Chinese (Cantonese dialect) tim sam, from tim ‘dot’ and sam ‘heart’.
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