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desert, dessert, just deserts

As a noun, desert refers to a dry, barren land.

  • The goal of the Osoyoos Desert Centre Project is to preserve the Osoyoos region, Canada’s only arid desert environment.

Dessert is a sweet course eaten at the end of a meal.

  • We ordered chocolate cake for dessert.

Just deserts are the deserved consequences of one’s actions. In this case, deserts is pronounced the same as desserts.

  • The audience cheered when the villain was arrested and got his just deserts.

The verb desert means “to abandon.”

  • In the second chapter, the hero refuses to desert his post and is captured.
  • The old village was deserted.