\ ˈbȯrsh(t) How to pronounce borscht (audio) \
variants: or borsch

Definition of borscht

: a soup made primarily of beets and served hot or cold often with sour cream

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Here’s a look at 10 more fun events this weekend. Ukrainian Village Festival Enjoy traditional Ukranian fare like pierogies, stuffed cabbage, noodles and cabbage, pyrushky, borscht, Kobasa sandwiches and more, plus a bar with beer and wine., "Taste of Tremont and 10 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend, July 20-21," 20 July 2019 For example, Poland’s bigger cities — particularly Warsaw — offer fascinating and flavorful food tours with a focus on vodka, fermenting techniques (for dishes like borscht), and hardy stews that originated in the country’s peasant past. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018 The atmosphere is casual and the food traditional American brunch with breakfast bowls, salads, toasts, and sandwiches (go for the Pain Bagnat), with selections like an Avocado Shake and cold borscht to break it up. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places for Brunch in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 The Polish Fall Bazaar serves up pierogi, cabbage rolls, kielbasa, borscht, pastries and Polish beer Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, along with books, crafts, Polish crystal and Christmas ornaments. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Ready or not, holiday bazaars get started this weekend," 31 Oct. 2018 Located up a narrow staircase off the Malecón, its walls were covered with ironic Soviet posters, and the menu offered borscht, dumplings and blinis. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Weirdly Fascinating Cold-War Tour of Havana," 20 Nov. 2018 During the first weekend of October, the Dingle Food Festival features everything from Russian borscht to kangaroo skewers in a huge and impressive celebration of food. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "In Ireland, a growing menu of culinary delights," 21 Aug. 2018 Dima finished his borscht and saw that my grandmother had put water on to boil. Keith Gessen, Longreads, "My Brother Comes to Moscow," 10 July 2018 The beetroot soup known as borscht is actually a traditionally Polish and Ukrainian dish, but expect to find it all over Russia. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "Dining Russian-style at the World Cup," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of borscht

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for borscht

Yiddish borsht & Ukrainian & Russian borshch

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English Language Learners Definition of borscht

: a soup made mainly of beets

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