Meaning of “dessert” in the English Dictionary

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"dessert" in British English

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dessertnoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈzɜːt/ us /dɪˈzɝːt/

A2 sweet food eaten at the end of a meal:

a dessert fork/spoon
For dessert there's apple pie or fruit.
If you make the main course, I'll make a dessert.

More examples

  • She made a fabulous dessert with alternate layers of chocolate and cream.
  • A full three-course meal - appetizer, main course and dessert - only cost about $25.
  • Would you like peaches and cream for dessert?
  • The menu described the dessert as 'a medley of exotic fruits'.
  • I'm afraid my cooking skills don't run to fancy cakes and desserts.

(Definition of “dessert” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dessert" in American English

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dessertnoun [ C/U ]

us /dɪˈzɜrt/

sweet food eaten at the end of a meal:

[ U ] He had apple pie with ice cream for dessert.

(Definition of “dessert” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)