Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fruit stewed or cooked in syrup.
  • n. A long-stemmed dish used for holding fruit, nuts, or candy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dessert made of fruit cooked in sugary syrup.
  • n. A dish used for serving fruit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A preparation of fruit in sirup in such a manner as to preserve its form, either whole, halved, or quartered.
  • n. a bowl-shaped dish having a stem, and a base smaller than the bowl, used to serve compotes or other items, such as candies, nuts, or fruit; a compote dish. Compotes may be made of different materials, such as glass, porcelain, or silver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fruit stewed or preserved in syrup, sometimes with spices.
  • n. Same as compotier.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dessert of stewed or baked fruit

Etymologies

French, from Old French composte, mixture, from Latin composita, feminine past participle of compōnere, to put together; see component.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French compote. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And no clue what to do with them all, other than that compote from a couple days ago and a pie or two.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • He added: "I wouldn't mind but their vanilla panna cotta with raspberry compote is absolutely bloody terrible."

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • To have the feet in compote (stewed fruit) (when one's feet feel like jelly) = avoir très mal aux pieds = to have sore feet

    Expressions

  • The folks behind the cooking kiosk at my favorite market just handed me something they call a compote; intended to replace cranberry's role ..

    Maggie's Farm

  • Of all dishes there are few to equal what is called a compote of fruit, and there are probably few sweets more popular than --

    Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery A Manual of Cheap and Wholesome Diet

  • If you’re careful to choose red instead of green rhubarb stalks, the compote will be a pretty pink color.

    The City Cook

  • He noticed that the large 'compote' (as it was called in his trade) which marked the centre of the table, was the production of his firm.

    The Old Wives' Tale

  • Oddly enough, this is the way in which they prepare tea in Cashmere and other parts of India, with this essential difference, though, that the Orientals mitigate the astringency of the herb with milk and almonds and divers ingredients, tending to make a sort of "compote" of it.

    Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (1 of 2) (1888)

  • [1] Although RC's clerk wrote "compote" RC probably dictated "compute" as the word was in use by 1720.

    Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, July 14, 1720

  • Put a scoop of warm apple compote onto each serving of waffles to serve.

    Carolyn Scott: Fit for a Queen Mother's Day Brunch

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