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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dessert, sweet, aftersnoun

    a dish served as the last course of a meal


  1. dessertnoun

    A sweet confection served as the last course of a meal

  2. Etymology: From dessert, from desservir, from dés- and servir, thus literally meaning “removal of what has been served”.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dessertnoun

    The last course at an entertainment; the fruit or sweetmeats set on the table after the meat.

    Etymology: desserte, French.

    To give thee all thy due, thou hast the art
    To make a supper with a fine dessert. John Dryden, Persius.

    At your dessert bright pewter comes too late,
    When your first course was well serv’d up in plate. King.


  1. Dessert

    Dessert is a course that concludes a meal. The course consists of sweet foods, such as confections, and possibly a beverage such as dessert wine and liqueur. In some parts of the world, such as much of Greece and West Africa, and most parts of China, there is no tradition of a dessert course to conclude a meal. The term dessert can apply to many confections, such as biscuits, cakes, cookies, custards, gelatins, ice creams, pastries, pies, puddings, macaroons, sweet soups, tarts, and fruit salad. Fruit is also commonly found in dessert courses because of its naturally occurring sweetness. Some cultures sweeten foods that are more commonly savory to create desserts.


  1. Dessert

    Dessert is a course or a sweet dish typically served at the end of a meal. It is intended to provide a satisfying and indulgent treat, often comprising a variety of flavors, textures, and ingredients that are specifically designed to satisfy the palate's craving for sweetness. Desserts can include cakes, pies, pastries, ice creams, puddings, chocolates, fruit salads, and other confections that are typically served after the main course.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dessertnoun

    a service of pastry, fruits, or sweetmeats, at the close of a feast or entertainment; pastry, fruits, etc., forming the last course at dinner

  2. Etymology: [F., fr. desservir to remove from table, to clear the table; pref. des- (L. dis-) + servir to serve, to serve at table. See Serve.]


  1. Dessert

    Dessert is the usually sweet course that concludes a meal. The food that composes the dessert course includes but is not limited to sweet foods. There is a wide variety of desserts in western cultures including cakes, cookies, biscuits, gelatins, pastries, ice creams, pies, pudding, and candies. Fruit is also commonly found in dessert courses because of its natural sweetness. Many different cultures have their own variations of similar desserts around the world, such as in Russia, where many breakfast foods such as blint, oladi, and syrniki can be served with honey and jam to make them popular as desserts. The loosely defined course called dessert can apply to many foods.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dessert

    dez-ėrt′, n. fruits, confections, &c., served at the close of an entertainment after the rest has been taken away.—ns. Dessert′-serv′ice, the dishes used for dessert; Dessert′-spoon, a spoon smaller than a table-spoon and larger than a tea-spoon, used not so much for dessert as for pudding. [O. Fr. dessert, desservir, to clear the table—des, away, and servir, to serve—L. servīre.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dessert is ranked #28293 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dessert surname appeared 845 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dessert.

    89.2% or 754 total occurrences were White.
    4.3% or 37 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 22 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. deserts

  2. tressed

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dessert in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dessert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of dessert in a Sentence

  1. South Carolina:

    Jeb Bush is like you're anticipating a great dessert, and you finally have dessert and you find out they burnt the cake, you know you're supposed to like him, but there's just not much energy there.

  2. Sarah Gottfried:

    Maybe you’ve upgraded the food ingredients a little, but [dessert] is not what our ancestors were eating.

  3. Orson Bean:

    I like white trash cooking. Cheeseburgers. The greasier the better. Mashed potatoes served in a scoop, a little dent in the top for the gravy. Drake's Devil Dogs for dessert. Pure pleasure; no known nutrient.

  4. Ernestine Ulmer:

    Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.

  5. Paige Einstein:

    Restaurant meals are really a problem, people eat most of their meals outside of the home. It's important for them to know that the average entrée, dessert, and appetizer averages 1,000 calories.

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