sul·​fite ˈsəl-ˌfīt How to pronounce sulfite (audio)
: a salt or ester of sulfurous acid
sulfitic adjective

Examples of sulfite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This allows some of the strong-smelling hydrogen sulfite gas that is emitted during cooking to dissipate. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 Vincente, who has a sulfite allergy, sips apple cider in lieu of the wine. Tanya Melendez,, 23 June 2023 No pesticides are used in the vineyards, the first fermentation takes place with indigenous yeast, no sulfites are used in the wine, and the grass between and under the vines isn’t cut, welcoming most insect species and encouraging biodiversity. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 In the past, tannins, sulfites and histamines have been blamed. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 In fact, white wine often contains more sulfites than red wine. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2023 Fortunately, Chipotle's website includes a chart to identify sources of dairy, soy, gluten, and sulfites. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 6 Aug. 2023 Organic, low-intervention wines produced with minimal sulfites dominate the list. Shana Clarke, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Aug. 2023 While the cause is unclear, sulfite sensitivity occurs in 3%-10% of people with asthma, studies suggest. Ashley Baumohl, Health, 20 Apr. 2023

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Word History


French sulfite, alteration of sulfate

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sulfite was in 1788

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Cite this Entry

“Sulfite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British sulphite
: a salt or ester of sulfurous acid

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