variants or borsch
: 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 Some regional officials have suggested measures to prohibit young women from wearing pants, while a leading Duma deputy recently suggested the restoration of traditional shop classes in which girls learn to make borscht and boys learn to use tools. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Jan. 2024 Other menu items include a cheddar garlic roll, jalapeño and cheddar sausage roll, a cinnamon cardamom braid and borscht. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024 Potatoes, rice, and legumes make a nice, starchy base that thickens soups, for example; leftover beets can be used to make borscht. TIME, 2 Jan. 2024 Veselka, known for its pierogi, borscht, and countless popular Ukrainian dishes, has been serving the community now for 70 years. Kristin L. Wolfe, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Past a red-and-blue neon sign, some old-timey pastoral paintings, and a dining room of people quietly spooning up borscht and mushroom barley, a pair of double doors opened to reveal about a hundred people stamping and shimmying. Naaman Zhou, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 There are ingenious methods for using whey to make sauerkraut and kimchi, creamy cauliflower, borscht, gazpacho, ceviche, brined pork chops. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 The piquant borscht is made with dehydrated sour cherries. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 This is a car as deeply Russian as borscht, or accidentally coincidentally falling out of a window after issuing public criticisms of the current ruling party. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 20 July 2023

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Word History


Yiddish borsht & Ukrainian & Russian borshch

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of borscht was in 1828

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“Borscht.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or borsch
: a beet soup often served with sour cream

from Yiddish borsht and Ukrainian and Russian borshch "beet soup"

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