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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He serves the venison with a wild rice compote that contains sun-dried pears, a hard-to-find ingredient.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Compote \Com"pote\ (k[o^]m"p[=o]t), n. [F. See Compost.]

  1. A preparation of fruit in sirup in such a manner as to preserve its form, either whole, halved, or quartered; as, a compote of pears.

  2. 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.

    Syn: compote dish, compotier.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.).


n. 1 A dessert made of fruit cooked in sugary syrup. 2 A dish used for serving fruit.


n. dessert of stewed or baked fruit [syn: fruit compote]


Compote (French for "mixture") is a dessert originating from medieval Europe, made of whole or pieces of fruit in sugar syrup. Whole fruits are cooked in water with sugar and spices. The syrup may be seasoned with vanilla, lemon or orange peel, cinnamon sticks or powder, cloves, other spices, ground almonds, grated coconut, candied fruit, or raisins. The compote is served either warm or cold.

Compote (disambiguation)

Compote can refer to:

  • Compote, a dessert of stewed fruits, or a compote bowl or dish (often simply called "a compote"), the wide, flat, often stemmed vessel in which dessert compote is traditionally served
  • Compote (game dish), a stewed game meat dish
  • Kompot, a punch-like fruit drink in parts of Europe, and also a slang term for a crude preparation of heroin
Compote (game dish)

A compote is a dish made from game meat. Some examples of the game meat used are rabbit, partridge and pigeon. The meat is cooked in a roux for a long time over low heat along with pearl onions and bacon added at the end. The dish is cooked until the meat has a fine texture and has completely fallen from the bones.

Usage examples of "compote".

There was a compote of fresh melon and passion fruit sorbet, spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette followed by breast of chicken in a vermouth and ginger cream sauce, and an exotic rice pilaf containing little bits of dried fruits and pistachio nuts.

A compote of cutup oranges, grapefruit, apples and cantaloupe was attractively arranged in a Tiffany bowl.

Caught in this crush of bodies were servants carrying platters of food: cultured meats and cakes and fairy food, chillies and cheeses and cold vegetable compotes and the hundreds of exotic fruits for which Farfara is justly famous.

On a pine trunk that had been dragged into the centre of the room I had laid out tarte armandine, cherry clafoutie, beignettes, raghif alsiniyyeh, muhallabia, quince compote, Towcester cheesecakes, toast: wholemeal and white, strawberry jam, apple jam, coffee and tea.

Faucelme moved here and there, collecting small dishes of cakes, preserves, compotes and vegetable pastes.

I do not wander around educational institutions with powdered peach pits in my pocket, nor do I slip into kitchenettes to sabotage little jars of peach compote.

Her dearest friends and staunchest supporters were likely to nibble the compote.

She had sliced tomatoes and red onions, had made a fruit compote and mixed up punch.

He discovered a compote of spiced fruit, poached sea-bird livers, porridge of drist and raisins, a pickle of lily-bulbs and small black fungus-balls with several different kinds of pastry: a breakfast more than adequate in which he recognized the work of Meadhre, oldest and most conscientious of the daughters.

WAITER comes flying back with a compote for the DUTCH YOUTH, who pays.

Cugel seated himself at the table and watched with single-minded vigilance as Faucelme moved here and there, collecting small dishes of cakes, preserves, compotes and vegetable pastes.

But when I went back to the buffet I saw a lovely assortment of dessertsapple pie, lemon chiffon pie, little cream puffs with whipped cream inside and chocolate sauce dribbled over them, fruit compote and chocolate cake and lemon Bavarian and .

After breakfasting on a compote of dried apple slices, prunes, and figs, followed by creamed finnan haddie and oatcakes, the group shook hands with the innkeeper and his wife and prepared to board the bus in the courtyard of the inn.

I had a weakness for a fruit compote, chilled, iced, laced with cream.

Hugh Murdoch and Ellen Gunn, the other nonborns, ate their porridge, smoked goose breast, and hot fruit compote with resentful expressions, knowing that they would now have to do Dee and Ken's chores as well as their own.