\ ˈbäm How to pronounce bombe (audio) , ˈbōⁿ(m)b \

Definition of bombe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a frozen dessert usually containing ice cream and formed in layers in a mold


bom·​bé | \ (ˌ)bäm-ˈbā How to pronounce bombé (audio) , (ˌ)bōⁿ- \
variants: or bombe

Definition of bombé (Entry 2 of 2)

: having outward curving lines usually used of furniture

Examples of bombe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The desserts had eccentric names: bombe, curd, fool, langues de chats. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Pisticci, a trattoria in Morningside Heights in Manhattan, drowns a tartufo — a bombe made with vanilla and chocolate ice creams with a Maraschino cherry in the middle, all encased in a hard chocolate shell — in espresso. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 The perfect everyday crossbody Normally $248, the Perry leather bombe mini bag is now on sale for $186 in the colors Royal Navy, New Cream, Cloud Blue, Pink Moon and Devon Sand, falling $62 thanks to this promotion. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2021 The first British bombe machines were operating in Bletchley Park by 1940, helping to shorten the codebreaking process by discovering some of the daily settings on the Enigma machines that were used to encrypt Axis military traffic. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 Place the bombe, cake side down, on a large rimmed baking sheet. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2020 Many retailers are out of stock or back-ordered on the flexible trays that have been marketed to take advantage of the cocoa madness, beyond their original intent for candies, mousses and small bombe cakes. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2020 British chef Heston Blumenthal’s hot toddy bombe, sold in pretty boxes at Waitrose grocery stores in the UK, inspires the spice cake. Jeanmarie Brownson,, 18 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bombe


1878, in the meaning defined above


1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bombe


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


French, from bombe

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2 May 2022

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“Bombe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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Medical Definition of bombé

— see iris bombé


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