AskDefine | Define parfait

Dictionary Definition

parfait n : layers of ice cream and syrup and whipped cream

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English

Etymology

From parfait

Noun

  1. Short for French parfait (parfait glacée), an iced dessert made with egg yolks, sugar, cream, and flavouring (usually fruit), sometimes with the addition of a liqueur.

Quotations

  • 2005, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback edition, page 379
    Brad hesitated, peering at the grid of spun sugar that jutted from his loganberry parfait.

Translations

an iced dessert
  • Hungarian: parfé

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

parfait m, parfaite f
  1. perfect (exactly right)
    Le déjeuner était parfait
    The lunch was perfect
  2. perfect (tense)

Extensive Definition

Parfait (par-FAY) is a French word meaning "perfect." In English, it has several meanings:
  • French parfait, Frozen custard made with cream, and usually with a fruit puree.
  • American parfait, a tall glass filled with ice cream, layered with various syrups, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
  • Yogurt parfait, yogurt, fruit and granola layered in a tall glass, intended as a healthier alternative to the ice cream parfait
  • Parfait glass, a unique shape of glassware used to serve various parfaits
  • Parfait Shucrell, in the Kogado Studio's game, Little Witch Parfait
  • Parfait, a religious leader among the Cathars
  • Parfait, a fictional character who is half dragon, half donkey, from the Shrek films
parfait in French: Parfait
parfait in Japanese: パルフェ
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