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parfait Syllabification: par·fait
Pronunciation: /pärˈfā/

Definition of parfait in English:


1A dessert consisting of layers of ice cream, fruit, etc., served in a tall glass.
Example sentences
  • Thompson stood silently as the two women brought out a carafe of coffee and glasses of ice cream parfait for dessert.
  • The one to blow you away consists of delicate, yielding meringue discs, layered with lemon and lime parfait and drizzled with a lime syrup.
  • This summer parfait, with frozen blueberry and apricot compote, based with a mascarpone ice cream and set upon a meringue… was amazing.
1.1A rich cold dessert made with whipped cream, eggs, and often fruit.
Example sentences
  • In complete contrast to our disagreeable dining companion, the duck liver parfait he ordered was rich and smooth.
  • Why not replace formulaic desserts like cheesecake with additional fresh choices like their praline parfait?
  • The gourmet menu will include duckling terrine with apple celery salad, horseradish cream soup with pan fired salmon, grilled tenderloin of beef and a dessert of cinnamon parfait with poached sour cherries.


From the French adjective parfait, literally 'perfect'.

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