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

Definition of sulfite

: a salt or ester of sulfurous acid

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 Beer and wine offerings include Michigan wine and sulfite-free, vegan, Biodynamic wine, gluten-free and locally brewed craft beer. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 27 Jan. 2022 Aside from the long list of questionable ingredients, sulfite levels (which prevent wine from reacting with oxygen and inhibit the growth of unwanted bacteria) are another important aspect of natural wine, which experts agree should be limited. Erin Parker, Glamour, 25 Feb. 2021 There were also drop cloths with backgrounds of castles and forests, boxes of Kodak paper that had never been used, portrait stools and a dusty bottle of sodium sulfite, a developing agent. Maria Cramer New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 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 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, 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, 13 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 7 Jul. 2022.

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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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