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[kom-poht; French kawn-pawt] /ˈkɒm poʊt; French kɔ̃ˈpɔt/
noun, plural compotes
[kom-pohts; French kawn-pawt] /ˈkɒm poʊts; French kɔ̃ˈpɔt/ (Show IPA)
fruit stewed or cooked in a syrup, usually served as a dessert.
Also, compotier. a dish, usually of glass, china, or silver, having a base, stem, and often a lid, and used for serving fruit, nuts, candy, etc.
Origin of compote
1685-95; < French; Old French composte < Latin composita, feminine of compositus composite; cf. compost Unabridged
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  • In all cases serve them on a compote dish, and throw over them syrup flavored with maraschino.

    Choice Cookery Catherine Owen
  • At German suppers along with the meat is eaten the "compote."

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • When done, place the compote in the centre of the dish, piling it up high.

  • A tray on the table held rolls and butter, some slices of cold ham, a glass of milk and a compote of apples.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
  • I like the compote much, and shall again apply to you for some.

  • Serve raw force on a compote dish, with cream and powdered sugar separate.

  • When they served the compote of fruits Martinique à la liqueur de Mme. Amphoux, he showed every indication of illimitable passion.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • When cold, the compote may be put in a mould; turn over a dish, remove the mould, and serve.

  • compote of Cherries is made in the same way, with the finest red cherries, only they require to boil up several times.

    Choice Cookery Catherine Owen
British Dictionary definitions for compote


/ˈkɒmpəʊt; French kɔ̃pɔt/
a dish of fruit stewed with sugar or in a syrup and served hot or cold
Word Origin
C17: from French composte, from Latin composita, feminine of compositus put in place; see composite
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Word Origin and History for compote

1690s, from French compote "stewed fruit," from Old French composte (13c.) "mixture, compost," from Vulgar Latin *composita, fem. of compositus (see composite). Etymologically the same word as compost (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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