sun·​dae ˈsən-(ˌ)dā How to pronounce sundae (audio) -dē How to pronounce sundae (audio)
plural sundaes
: a dish consisting of ice cream served with toppings (such as crushed fruit, syrup, nuts, or whipped cream)
… at about 700 locations, the company is testing "dessert stations" behind the counter where employees can make sundaes topped with cake or brownie chunks.Candice Choi
According to the legend, the ice-cream sundae was first concocted in 1881 at a soda fountain at 1404 15th Street, Two Rivers. The addition of chocolate increased its cost, and to limit the demand, it was sold on Sunday only.David Woodward
On the sweet side, area eateries have plenty of tempting treats to help you keep your cool—like the "Unicorn Junior," a tasty, quirky take on the traditional ice cream sundae made with cotton candy ice cream, marshmallow sauce and a magical scoop of Lucky Charms.Kathy Bossa

Examples of sundae in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Cinnabon sundae fits into Carvels’ weekly BOGO deal for even more freebies. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 2 Oct. 2023 This sundae, made with homemade coffee ice cream and praline sauce, is perfect for special occasions or a sweet treat on a weekday night. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 7 Oct. 2023 Zeds Real Fruit Ice Cream, in Austin, offers several flavors and toppings, and sundaes like berry Butterfinger: strawberry real fruit ice cream festooned with chocolate sauce and Butterfinger candies. Priya Krishna, New York Times, 20 July 2023 Ray's Ice Cream — which offers other treats like sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, cream puffs and banana splits — is located at 4233 Coolidge in Royal Oak. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2023 But the strawberry ice cream is, on balance, tasty and a welcome break from the nonstop parade of vanilla cups and sundaes. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Bubba's makes malts, shakes, concretes, root beer floats and specialty sundaes, including banana split, strawberry shortcake and turtle sundaes. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 8 Aug. 2023 Just make the reservation ahead of time and the ice cream man will pull up to your door to make your perfect sundae with vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 6 June 2023 On Wednesdays, rewards members at the ice cream chain can grab two sundaes for the price of one. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 2 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


probably alteration of Sunday

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sundae was in 1892

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“Sundae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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sun·​dae ˈsən-dē How to pronounce sundae (audio)
: a serving of ice cream topped with fruit, syrup, or nuts

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