Difference between DESERT and DESSERT

Desert and dessert are two English words that often confuse learners and native speakers. They are words for different things.

Let’s see why!

Difference between desert and dessert

Desert, with a single “s”, is a barren land or vast expanse of sand, such as the Sahara.

Dessert, on the other hand, has two “s”, and it’s the sweet treat you eat after dinner.

Think of the “s” as standing for sand. That’s a desert. Think of the double “s” as standing for sweet sugar. That’s a dessert.

For example, you can say:

We got lost in the desert with no water or food.

Tom ate dinner, but he didn’t eat any dessert.

Desert and dessert sound different too:



Listen carefully to the recordings:

  • the stress of desert is on the first “e”
  • the stress of dessert is on the second “e”.

Other examples with desert and dessert in English

No one has crossed that infernal desert in hundreds of years.

I wouldn’t take a glass of water in the desert from you.

They turned a desert into a green garden.

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How about ice cream for dessert?

If you don’t eat your veggies, you won’t get any dessert.

This place is known for its delicious desserts.

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