variants or soft-serve
: a smooth semisolid ice cream that contains less milk fat than regular ice cream and is made in and dispensed from a freezer in which it is aerated and continuously churned
often used before another noun
soft-serve ice cream
a soft-serve machine

Examples of soft serve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here's when and where Sonic Drive-In Sonic Drive-In is offering a limited edition drink called the Blackout Slush Float, a black-colored slush drink with a cotton candy and dragonfruit flavor topped with vanilla soft-serve ice cream with blue and purple galaxy sprinkles. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 Wienerschnitzel sells Tastee-Freez soft-serve ice cream in the form of shakes, cones and sundaes. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 27 Mar. 2024 How to get a free Dairy Queen ice cream cone Get one free small vanilla soft-serve cone just by stopping at a participating Dairy Queen location. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 19 Mar. 2024 All day at participating, non-mall DQ locations, including in the Milwaukee area, each visitor will receive a free, small vanilla soft-serve cone. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 18 Mar. 2024 Customers will receive one free small vanilla soft-serve cone. USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2024 The store is around the corner from Rosie Bunny Bean (a pet supply shop that sells whole frozen duck necks for your dog), a vegan soft-serve joint, the wonderful Taiwanese restaurant Joy, at least four coffee shops, and a delightfully bizarre marionette theater. Jason Sheeler, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Feb. 2024 And for dessert, customers have come to love Cheat’s fried beignets, soft-serve ice cream and floats. Shannon Greene, Charlotte Observer, 12 Feb. 2024 This humble establishment has served Charlotte for about 50 years and is known for its burgers and soft-serve ice cream. Katie Toussaint, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soft serve was in 1955

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

Kids Definition


: smooth soft ice cream made in and dispensed from a freezer in which it is continuously churned
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