Desert and Dessert
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between desert and dessert?
Desert means arid land or to abandon.
Dessert is the sweet course at the end of a meal.
Desert or Dessert?The words desert and dessert look similar, but they are very different in meaning.
DessertA dessert is typically the final course of a meal. It is usually sweet (e.g., ice cream, cake, pudding).
- Would you like to see the dessert menu?
An example of a dessert
DesertThe word desert can be an adjective, noun, or verb. It has the following meanings:
Arid land with little or no vegetation.
The Sahara Desert
- The plants and animals possess special features which allow them to cope with the desert conditions. (Desert is an adjective in this example.)
- An ice desert is defined as a polar area that supports little or no vegetation and that is permanently covered by snow and ice. (Desert is a noun in this example.)
- If disturbed too often, the adult birds will desert the fledglings.
- If you desert, you will be shot when you're caught. (Desert is a verb in these examples.)
- As soon as the bell went, the kids deserted the building. (Desert is a verb in this example.)
Remembering DessertHere is an excellent way of remembering the difference between dessert and desert:
When you're stressed, you eat cake, chocolate, and sweets because 'stressed' is 'desserts' backwards.
(Yeah, I know. It's brilliant, isn't it?)
Quick TestSelect the correct version:
Dessert Is Twice As GoodHere are some ways to remember desert and dessert:
- Dessert is twice as good as desert.
- Desert = Sahara
- Dessert = Strawberry shortcake.