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ˈbäm How to pronounce bombe (audio)
: a frozen dessert usually containing ice cream and formed in layers in a mold


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bom·​bé (ˌ)bäm-ˈbā How to pronounce bombé (audio)
variants or bombe
: having outward curving lines
usually used of furniture

Examples of bombe in a Sentence

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The bombe chest, or as the French call it, the commode, is standard. Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 The Bletchley Declaration is, in itself, nowhere near as much of a game changer as Turing’s bombe was. Bydavid Meyer, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2023 On a recent afternoon, the green velvet banquette hosts a younger crowd for asparagus canapes, coronation chicken salad, vanilla macarons, chocolate bombes, and the requisite scones. Globe Staff,, 10 May 2023 What was the bombe machine? San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 The fish is lacquered like an antique bombe chest, with smooth mahogany curves and gnarled curlicues of batter along the edges. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Oct. 2021 Right, the now-famous bombe machines enabled Allied cryptographers to decode more than 3,000 enemy messages per day. Tony Rothman, Discover Magazine, 26 Aug. 2015 The technical challenge also proved daunting as the bakers were tasked with making a summer pudding bombe. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2022 Also known for its artful desserts, Madam will conclude dinner with a Meyer lemon bombe served with blueberry glaze and burnt honey ice cream. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2022

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Word History



borrowed from French, literally, "bomb" — more at bomb entry 1


French, from bombe

First Known Use


1878, in the meaning defined above


1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bombe was in 1874

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“Bombe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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