dessert

Definitions

  • Desserts
    Desserts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dessert a dish served as the last course of a meal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 18th century, potatoes were given out as a dessert. They were served in a napkin, salted and hot
    • n Dessert A service of pastry, fruits, or sweetmeats, at the close of a feast or entertainment; pastry, fruits, etc., forming the last course at dinner. "“An 't please your honor,” quoth the peasant,
      “This same dessert is not so pleasant.”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dessert A service of fruits and sweetmeats at the close of a repast; the last course at table: in the United States often used to include pies, puddings, and other sweet dishes.
    • n dessert Dessert-service, the dishes, plates, etc., used in serving dessert.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dessert dez-ėrt′ fruits, confections, &c., served at the close of an entertainment after the rest has been taken away
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Quotations

  • Woody Allen
    Woody%20Allen
    “Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.”
  • Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
    Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
    “Fun can be the dessert of our lives but never its main course.”
  • B. C. Forbes
    B.%20C.%20Forbes
    “Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. desservir, to remove from table, to clear the table; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + servir, to serve, to serve at table. See Serve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. dessert, desservir, to clear the table—des, away, and servir, to serve—L. servīre.

Usage

In literature:

The West Indians make and serve many delicious desserts and conserves made with ginger.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
In due time, the cloth was cleared; and a dessert, consisting chiefly of delicious peaches, succeeded.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
You could not have reached the Isle of Desserts with a boat or with snow-shoes or with stilts or with anything except an airplane.
"Pee-Wee Harris Adrift" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
He went on sitting there, absolutely unembarrassed, eating dessert.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
As soon, however, as dessert was over, he called me to his study.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
For dinner, she shared Mrs. Foye's plain bread and cheese, and made a dessert of an apple and a handful of peanuts.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The dessert now made its appearance.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Over dessert, the boys announced their plans for a square dance.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
He was just finishing the dessert when Mrs. Smith appeared in the mirror of the telephote.
"In the Year 2889" by Jules Verne and Michel Verne
At the conclusion of the dessert coffee is served as in France and England.
"Russia" by Various
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In poetry:

There once was an old crocodile
Who lived on the banks of the Nile.
One day, for a meal,
He swallowed a wheel,
And ate for dessert, an automobile.
"Stylish" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

A Dessert Wine That's a Public Secret.
I have several weaknesses — among them are Seattle's Best Coffee, Level 4, Caribou Coffee's French Roast, the house brand at Orpheum Coffee Shop and any dessert made by my wife or daughters.
The thing about a diabetic diet that I don't think most people get is that you don't have to eat special foods or be excluded from what "everyone else" is eating (including dessert).
Ever wonder why some people can eat anything and never gain weight, while others gain ten pounds just looking at a dessert.
The event was the work of several supper clubs, and the menu they devised ran to the luxurious: caviar, foie gras and filet mignon, and for dessert, a pyramid of chocolate panna cotta, dusted with gold leaf.
Dinner choices include roast pork, chicken Marsala or pasta primavera plus homemade desserts.
The competition is anything but sweet on the second season of Bravo's Top Chef: Just Desserts.
According to The Food Channel, the top 10 dessert trends for 2009 (based on research conducted with The World Thought Bank and the International Food Futurists™), included sippable desserts as the number two trend.
Baileys Launches ' Drinkable Desserts' Holiday Contest.
Tres leches —"three milks" in Spanish—is an immensely popular dessert throughout Latin America.
With ingredients like sunchokes and beets, dessert just got (slightly) healthier.
Full menu of Chicken & Dumplings , a variety of veggies, slaw, drinks and desserts.
The first thing that comes to mind is probably dessert, undoubtedly egg-shaped and made of chocolate.
Eben Freeman's foamy interpretation of eggnog —infused with the sweet, caramelly flavors of sticky toffee pudding, a British favorite—is halfway between a drink and a dessert.
Eben Freeman's foamy interpretation of eggnog—infused with the sweet, caramelly flavors of sticky toffee pudding, a British favorite—is halfway between a drink and a dessert.
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In science:

This may be suggestive that old planet hosting stars with extremely massive planets (or brown dwarf companions found in the brown dwarf dessert) are more likely to be second generation planetary systems.
Second generation planets
In relation to his previous work, this research was, I believe, something like a dessert.
Zariski decomposition: a new (old) chapter of linear algebra
And, for dessert (the best part), let’s look at “D.
A Guide to Comparisons of Star Formation Simulations with Observations
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