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[pahr-fey] /pɑrˈfeɪ/
a dessert of ice cream and fruit or ice cream and syrup in alternate layers, often topped with whipped cream and served in a tall, narrow, short-stemmed glass.
any frozen dessert in which fruit, nuts, etc., have been folded into whipped cream or egg custard.
Origin of parfait
1890-95; < French: literally, perfect < Latin perfectus. See perfect Unabridged
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Examples from the web for parfait
  • Imagine a layered cake, a parfait or any layered dessert.
  • Smoothie, parfait, and dessert recipes using strawberries.
  • It was clear to both of us that my warm peach and cream cheese blintz trounced his deconstructed yogurt parfait.
  • Start your meal with fresh seasonal fruit, a granola and yogurt parfait or fresh juice.
  • Leave room for dessert and try the contemporary treats, which include honeycomb parfait and ricotta and honey cheesecake.
  • Their extensive dessert selection is highlighted by the peanut butter chocolate parfait and banana cream pie.
  • The dessert options include lemon tart, caramelized apple cheesecake, pistachio parfait and creme brulee.
  • Desserts include a creme brulee, fruit parfait, and a frozen white chocolate mousse.
British Dictionary definitions for parfait


a rich frozen dessert made from eggs and cream with ice cream, fruit, etc
Word Origin
from French: perfect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for parfait

kind of frozen dessert, 1894, French, literally "perfect" (see perfect (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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