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

     

    dumpling

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈdʌmplɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌmplɪŋ//
     
    Carbohydrates, Sweets and desserts
     
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  1. 1a small ball of dough (= a mixture of flour, fat and water) that is cooked and served with meat dishes chicken with herb dumplings See related entries: Carbohydrates
  2. 2a small ball of pastry, often with fruit in it, eaten as a dessert apple dumplings See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: apparently from the rare adjective dump ‘of the consistency of dough’, although dumpling is recorded much earlier.
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