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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English desert, deseert, from Old French deserte, from deservir (to deserve). This in turn is from the Vulgar Latin deservire (to gain or merit by giving service).

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desert (plural deserts)

  1. (usually in the plural) That which is deserved or merited; a just punishment or reward
    • 1600, John Dowland, Flow My Tears
      From the highest spire of contentment / my fortune is thrown; / and fear and grief and pain for my deserts / are my hopes, since hope is gone.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
      "Nonsense, Mina. It is a shame to me to hear such a word. I would not hear it of you. And I shall not hear it from you. May God judge me by my deserts, and punish me with more bitter suffering than even this hour, if by any act or will of mine anything ever come between us!"
    • A. Hamilton
      His reputation falls far below his desert.
    • 1971 John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
      "It is true that certain common sense precepts of justice, particularly those which concern the protection of liberties and rights, or which express the claims of desert, seem to contradict this contention."
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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowing from French désert or Old French desert, from Latin dēsertum, past participle of dēserō (to abandon).

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desert (countable and uncountable, plural deserts)

 
a desert
  1. A barren area of land or desolate terrain, especially one with little water or vegetation; a wasteland.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
      Not thus the land appear'd in ages past, / A dreary desert and a gloomy waste.
    • 1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, in The Lonely Pyramid:
      The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. Whirling wreaths and columns of burning wind, rushed around and over them.
  2. (figuratively) Any barren place or situation.
    • 1858, William Howitt, Land, Labour, and Gold; Or, Two Years in Victoria (page 54)
      He declared that the country was an intellectual desert; that he was famishing for spiritual aliment, and for discourse on matters beyond mere nuggets, prospectings, and the price of gold.
    • 2006, Philip N. Cooke, Creative Industries in Wales: Potential and Pitfalls (page 34)
      So the question that is commonly asked is, why put a media incubator in a media desert and have it managed by a civil servant?
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AdjectiveEdit

desert (not comparable)

  1. Abandoned, deserted, or uninhabited; usually of a place.
    They were marooned on a desert island in the Pacific.
    • Bible, Luke ix. 10
      He [] went aside privately into a desert place.
    • Gray
      Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, / And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
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Etymology 3Edit

Borrowed from French déserter, from Late Latin desertare, from Latin desertus, from desero (abandon).

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: dĭzû(r)t', IPA(key): /dɪˈzɜː(ɹ)t/
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VerbEdit

desert (third-person singular simple present deserts, present participle deserting, simple past and past participle deserted)

  1. To leave (anything that depends on one's presence to survive, exist, or succeed), especially when contrary to a promise or obligation; to abandon; to forsake.
    You can't just drive off and desert me here, in the middle of nowhere.
  2. To leave one's duty or post, especially to leave a military or naval unit without permission.
    Anyone found deserting will be shot.
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EtymologyEdit

First attested 14th century[1]. From Latin dēsertum, possibly a semi-learned term.

NounEdit

desert m (plural deserts)

  1. desert (desolate terrain)

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FriulianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin dēsertum (in this form possibly a semi-learned term; cf. the variant form).

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desert m (plural deserts)

  1. desert

Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French desert.

NounEdit

desert m (plural desers)

  1. desert (desolate terrain)

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably borrowed from Latin dēsertum.

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desert m (oblique plural deserz or desertz, nominative singular deserz or desertz, nominative plural desert)

  1. desert (desolate terrain)

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Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French dessert.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /děsert/
  • Hyphenation: de‧sert

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dèsert m (Cyrillic spelling дѐсерт)

  1. dessert

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ReferencesEdit

  • desert” in Hrvatski jezični portal