Served as the last course of a meal, a dessert is often sweet, like cake or pie. If you have a sweet tooth, you may wish it were the only course of the meal.

The word dessert originates from an interesting French word, desservir, which actually means "to clear the table." After the dinner dishes are removed, the host brings out the dessert. These days, desserts don't always have to be a sweet course, but can instead be a savory or a cheese course. Other offbeat treats include Vidalia onion ice cream and radish pie.

Definitions of dessert
  1. noun
    a dish served as the last course of a meal
    synonyms: afters, sweet
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    a dessert made of various fruits and often topped with shredded coconut (sometimes includes marshmallows)
    baked Alaska
    cake covered with ice cream and meringue browned quickly in an oven
    sweet almond-flavored milk pudding thickened with gelatin or cornstarch; usually molded
    a mold lined with cake or crumbs and filled with fruit or whipped cream or custard
    compote, fruit compote
    dessert of stewed or baked fruit
    dessert made by baking fruit wrapped in pastry
    open pastry filled with fruit or custard
    frozen dessert
    any of various desserts prepared by freezing
    dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet
    a rich, frothy, creamy dessert made with whipped egg whites and heavy cream
    a dessert consisting of a meringue base or cup filled with fruit and whipped cream
    peach melba
    ice cream and peaches with a liqueur
    a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit
    any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed
    pud, pudding
    (British) the dessert course of a meal (`pud' is used informally)
    sillabub, syllabub
    sweetened cream beaten with wine or liquor
    an Italian dessert consisting of layers of sponge cake soaked with coffee and brandy or liqueur layered with mascarpone cheese and topped with grated chocolate
    sabayon, zabaglione
    light foamy custard-like dessert served hot or chilled
    mold, mould
    a dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold
    prune whip
    dessert made of prune puree and whipped cream
    a cold pudding made of layers of sponge cake spread with fruit or jelly; may be decorated with nuts, cream, or chocolate
    charlotte russe
    lady fingers enclosing Bavarian cream
    apple dumpling
    apples wrapped in pastry and baked
    frappe, ice
    a frozen dessert with fruit flavoring (especially one containing no milk)
    ice cream, icecream
    frozen dessert containing cream and sugar and flavoring
    ice-cream cone
    ice cream in a crisp conical wafer
    sherbert, sherbet
    a frozen dessert made primarily of fruit juice and sugar, but also containing milk or egg-white or gelatin
    ice lolly, lollipop, lolly, popsicle
    ice cream or water ice on a small wooden stick
    ice milk
    similar to ice cream but made of milk
    frozen yogurt
    a soft frozen dessert of sweetened flavored yogurt
    ball of crushed ice with fruit syrup
    ball of ice cream covered with coconut and usually chocolate sauce
    layers of ice cream and syrup and whipped cream
    ice-cream sundae, sundae
    ice cream served with a topping
    a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream covered with whipped cream and cherries and nuts
    frozen pudding
    a chilled dessert consisting of a mixture of custard and nuts and (sometimes) liquor
    frozen custard, soft ice cream
    dessert resembling ice cream but with a boiled custard base
    a bland custard or pudding especially of oatmeal
    chocolate mousse
    dessert mousse made with chocolate
    Christmas pudding, plum pudding
    a rich steamed or boiled pudding that resembles cake
    steamed pudding
    a pudding cooked by steaming
    duff, plum duff
    a stiff flour pudding steamed or boiled usually and containing e.g. currants and raisins and citron
    vanilla pudding
    sweet vanilla flavored custard-like pudding usually thickened with flour rather than eggs
    chocolate pudding
    sweet chocolate flavored custard-like pudding usually thickened with flour rather than eggs
    brown Betty
    baked pudding of apples and breadcrumbs
    Nesselrode, Nesselrode pudding
    a rich frozen pudding made of chopped chestnuts and maraschino cherries and candied fruits and liqueur or rum
    pease pudding
    a pudding made with strained split peas mixed with egg
    tapioca pudding
    sweet pudding thickened with tapioca
    roly-poly, roly-poly pudding
    pudding made of suet pastry spread with jam or fruit and rolled up and baked or steamed
    suet pudding
    a sweet or savory pudding made with suet and steamed or boiled
    ice-cream cake, icebox cake
    ice cream molded to look like a cake
    type of:
    part of a meal served at one time
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desert / dessert

A desert is a hot and dry place like the Sahara, but add an s and some whipped cream and you have a dessert, a sweet treat to eat. Dessert has two s's because you always want two. (If you prefer two arid ecosystems, that's on you.)

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