Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A preparation of fruit in sirup in such a manner as to preserve its form, either whole, halved, or quartered.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun dessert of stewed or baked fruit

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French composte, mixture, from Latin composita, feminine past participle of compōnere, to put together; see component.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French compote.

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

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

    My, My, It's [Canadian] Pie

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

    Archive 2007-03-01

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

    Pub regulars told: re-train or face ejection

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

    Gastronomie

  • 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

  • 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

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