Definition of dim sum in English:

dim sum

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


[mass noun]
  • A Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savoury dumplings containing various fillings.
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    • 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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