sun·​dae | \ ˈsən-(ˌ)dā, -dē \

Definition of sundae

: ice cream served with topping (such as crushed fruit, syrup, nuts, or whipped cream)

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Serendipity 3, New York City Price: $25,000 This super sundae would give any ice cream-lover's mouth start watering. Fox News, "The world's most expensive ice cream and frozen treats," 3 Aug. 2016 If large donations are like the ice cream in a sundae, then small donations function like toppings. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "How to Use Money as an Extension of Your Political Voice," 6 Nov. 2018 No one is calling it in here — not the Fairy, who turns Kaylee into a human ice cream sundae, and not Kaylee, who pretends to apologize, only to best her rival with everything from a bottle of hot sauce to a bubble-gum-shooting slingshot. Nara Schoenberg,, "Children's books: 'Ghost Boys' offers remarkable, kid's-eye-view of violence," 11 May 2018 Reservations for the sundae must be made 48 hours in advance. Fox News, "The world's most expensive ice cream and frozen treats," 3 Aug. 2016 Customers also can order a doughnut sundae with Breyers ice cream and a drizzle. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "New to Leawood: Donut shop where you can top doughnuts with bacon, ice cream, more," 29 June 2018 Finish your meal by building your own ice cream sundae or finding your favorite dipping combinations with the milk and white chocolate fountains. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets," 13 July 2018 Finally, drizzle some syrup over your creation, with flavors like mint, butterscotch, coconut, orange and watermelon. $10 per sundae. Grace Wong,, "5 things to eat, drink, do: Build rooftop sundaes, try Malort sausages and more this weekend," 7 June 2018 The Warriors had already achieved near-ultimate respect and/or resentment for their achievements and collective talent, and adding Cousins is the nuclear cherry on the sundae. Scott Ostler,, "With ‘Boogie,’ Warriors shoot into ‘death zone’," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of sundae

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sundae

probably alteration of Sunday

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The first known use of sundae was in 1892

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English Language Learners Definition of sundae

: a dessert of ice cream that is topped with a sweet sauce, nuts, whipped cream, etc.


sun·​dae | \ ˈsən-dā, -dē\

Kids Definition of sundae

: a serving of ice cream with a topping (as fruit, syrup, whipped cream, nuts, or bits of candy)

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to gather or build up little by little

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