Definition of dim sum in English:

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dim sum

Pronunciation: /dɪm ˈsʌm/
(also dim sim /ˈsɪm/)


[mass noun]
A Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savoury dumplings containing various fillings.
Example sentences
  • There is Chinese food too - bean-curd soup, dim sum and spring rolls.
  • Sake wine and whiskey are also the order of the day, along with delicious bar snacks from sashimi and dim sum to fried oysters and Japanese sausage.
  • There are Filipino stews, take out Chinese dim sum, or German sausages and French pastries at a deli.


From Chinese (Cantonese dialect) tim sam, from tim 'dot' and sam 'heart'.

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