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[suhn-dey, -dee] /ˈsʌn deɪ, -di/
ice cream served with syrup poured over it, and often other toppings, as whipped cream, chopped nuts, or fruit.
Origin of sundae
1890-95, Americanism; perhaps special use of Sunday (with distinctive spelling) Unabridged
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  • A George Washington sundae, please, with plenty of ‘sundae’ on it.

  • Now take the lady outside, smooth her off and regale her with a lovers' sundae.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • They went into the drug store on the corner and had a sundae apiece.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • There wasn't any use trying to melt a sundae with it, anyhow.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • Billy Simmons paused in the act of reaching for a sundae glass.

    The Sturdy Oak Samuel Merwin, et al.
  • She had a sundae and bought some chocolates for Mrs. Peabody, and then remembered the farmer's remark about the nursery.

    Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for sundae


/ˈsʌndɪ; -deɪ/
ice cream topped with a sweet sauce, nuts, whipped cream, etc
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for sundae

1897, American English, thought to be an alteration of Sunday, perhaps re-spelled in deference to religious feelings; but the reason for the name is uncertain; perhaps "ice cream left over from Sunday, on sale later." For a fuller account of the speculations, see H.L. Mencken, "The American Language," Supplement I (1945), pp.376-7.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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