\ 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

Examples of borscht in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russia’s signature dish, beet-red borscht, has been used as indicator of rising food prices in the country, with its mixture of vegetables, meat and dairy. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 One of the dishes the group enjoyed together was Gonzalez’s vegan borscht, served chilled. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2021 Each new PorterHouse episode debuts a favorite dish, such as borscht, from his mother-in-law, seared ahi from his travels in Japan, his mother’s gumbo and, of course, Porterhouse steak. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2021 The borscht dispute highlights deeper grievances between Ukraine and Russia. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2020 On Olkhon, the once-Chinese restaurant now serves borscht. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2021 William Theriac, who had recently moved to Minnesota and hadn’t quite found his social scene, perfected a 25-ingredient borscht and kulebiaka, a Russian fish pie. Belinda Luscombe, Time, 17 Apr. 2021 The white borscht was chunky with potato and sliced half-moons of kielbasa, and the broth had significant body. New York Times, 9 Dec. 2020 The cavernous corner restaurant has been a destination for bowls of pink borscht and 24/7 breakfast since opening in 1954, long famed for shepherding out half-moon pierogi jammed with short ribs, cheese, and potatoes to hungry diners. Amy Schulman, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of borscht was in 1828

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26 Jul 2021

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“Borscht.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of borscht

: a soup made mainly of beets

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