1. A dessert made of cream, eggs, sugar, and flavoring frozen together and served in a tall glass.
2. A sweet dish usually made of ice cream, yogurt, or other creamy food layered with fruit, granola, nuts, or other ingredients, often served in a tall glass.
[French, from Old French, perfect, from Latin perfectus; see PERFECT.]
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