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What is the difference between 'desert' and 'dessert'?

What is the difference between 'desert' and 'dessert'?

The words desert and dessert are often confused because they are homophones. We'll help you to understand the difference.

Desert means a barren area of land or desolate terrain, especially one with little water or vegetation; a wasteland when used as a noun.

Dessert means a sweet confection served as the last course of a meal when used as a noun.

Out of the two words, 'desert' is the most common. It appears about eight times more frequently than 'dessert'.



### Is the expression 'in the desert ,' or 'in the dessert ,'? The right expression is 'in the desert ,'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar sound.

Should I use 'in the desert .' or 'in the dessert .'?

You should use 'in the desert .'. These phrases are often confused because they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

What's the right phrase 'of the desert ,' or 'of the dessert ,'?

The right phrase is 'of the desert ,'. These phrases are often confused because they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

Should I use 'of the desert .' or 'of the dessert .'?

The correct expression is 'of the desert .'. These phrases are often confused because they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

What's the right phrase 'the desert , and' or 'the dessert , and'?

The right expression is 'the desert , and'. These phrases are often confused because they sound similar.

Is the phrase 'frozen whipped dessert topping' or 'frozen whipped desert topping'?

The right phrase is 'frozen whipped dessert topping'. These phrases are often confused because they are homophones.

Should I use 'ice cream for dessert' or 'ice cream for desert'?

The correct expression is 'ice cream for dessert'. These phrases are often confused because they are homophones.

Which is correct 'for dessert . "' or 'for desert . "'?

The correct expression is 'for dessert . "'. These phrases are often confused because they sound similar.

Is the correct expression 'Crown Derby dessert service' or 'Crown Derby desert service'?

The right phrase is 'Crown Derby dessert service'. These phrases are often confused because they sound similar.

Should I use 'sweet white dessert wine' or 'sweet white desert wine'?

The right expression is 'sweet white dessert wine'. These phrases are often confused because they sound the same.

Some synonyms of desert are: taking flight, godforsaken, defect, geographic region, waste.

Some synonyms of dessert are: course, afters, sweet.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Examples of desert in a sentence

Though I doubt shock therapy patients get tiramisu for desert."
- Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye
The first hint of dawn could be seen, outlining the rough hills of the western desert.
- Final Assault by Stephen Ames Berry
Manny Leiber gazed off at the imaginary desert.“I’ll
- A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities by Ray Bradbury
It’s like standing in the middle of the desert sprinkling water around with a cup.
- The Elephant vanishes by Haruki Murakami
He tried to swallow, but his throat was as dry as a desert.
- The Paris Option by Robert Ludlum

Examples of dessert in a sentence

Dessert was the frozen eye of a scream bird.
- The Source of Magic by Piers Anthony
This weird and wonderful dessert will become one of your new BFFs!
- Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet by Lisa Lillien
For dessert he had a Sugus sweet.
- The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; Lucía Graves
And he probably got his neck broken for his trouble, just about the time I was having dessert.
- Dead Center by David Rosenfelt
A chocolate dessert fondue sat on the counter all ready to go.
- Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye

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