sul·​fite | \ ˈsəl-ˌfīt How to pronounce sulfite (audio) \

Definition of sulfite

: a salt or ester of sulfurous acid

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Other Words from sulfite

sulfitic \ ˌsəl-​ˈfi-​tik How to pronounce sulfite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sulfite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a combination decanter and purifier, try Üllo—its decanter filters out sulfites, preservatives that some people are sensitive to. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Ways to Recreate the Luxury of Hotel Turndown Service at Home," 21 Apr. 2020 Only small amounts of sulfur dioxide, an antioxidant and preservative, may be used, and two different labels will distinguish between wines made with or without even this low level of sulfites. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "France Defines Natural Wine, but Is That Enough?," 16 Apr. 2020 Usual Wines only sells single-glass bottles with a generous 6.3-ounce pour, and the wines don’t have any added sugar or sulfites. Travel + Leisure, "7 Wine Delivery Services That Bring Happy Hour to Your Doorstep," 7 Apr. 2020 An hour’s drive west of Austin, Southold is part of the area’s growing low-intervention movement and practices an ancient style of winemaking in which the grapes are kept free of pesticides and added sulfites. Sophie Bew, New York Times, "The T List: Five things We Recommend This Week," 2 Apr. 2020 Franck Bijon, chief winemaker at Chateau Larose-Trintaudon, makes a limited cuvée without sulfites, a nod to the natural wine movement, and another from all five grape varieties harvested on the same day. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Bordeaux is the original ‘wine blend,’ but it’s more contemporary and affordable than you might think," 13 Mar. 2020 The most common wine sensitivities are often linked to histamines and sulfite preservatives and The Wand's patented technology works to filter out these compounds. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Wine Wand Filters Your Vino to Help Prevent Hangovers," 11 Mar. 2020 The lack of sulfites, preservatives and pasteurization in Arizona Sake resonates with those looking for natural wine, which is popping up on an increasing number of metro Phoenix restaurant menus. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Some of the world's best sake is brewed in this tiny Arizona town. Meet the maker," 16 Jan. 2020 But Davis isn’t dogmatic: There’s no sulfite litmus test for the Fig & Thistle wine list. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Natural wines without the dogma at Fig & Thistle wine bar," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sulfite

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sulfite

French sulfite, alteration of sulfate

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The first known use of sulfite was in 1788

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“Sulfite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British sulphite \ ˈsəl-​ˌfit How to pronounce sulfite (audio) \

Medical Definition of sulfite

: a salt or ester of sulfurous acid

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