[bom, bomb; French bawnb]

noun, plural bombes [bomz, bombz; French bawnb] /bɒmz, bɒmbz; French bɔ̃b/.

a round or melon-shaped frozen mold made from a combination of ice creams, mousses, or ices.

Origin of bombe

1890–95; < French: literally, bomb, from its shape


[bom-bey; French bawn-bey]

adjective Furniture.

curving or swelling outward.
Also bombed.
Compare swell front.

Origin of bombé

1900–05; < French: literally, rounded like a bomb (bombe bomb + adj. suffix < Latin -ātus -ate1) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bombe

Historical Examples of bombe

  • "I think I do," I said, with an expressive nod at the remnants of the bombe melting slowly in the dish.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • The menu consisted of dishes with such improvised names as "crevettes l'Amricaine," "bombe la Lincoln," etc.

  • A maitre d'hôtel suggested melons and a suprème with a bombe to follow.

  • Always beat whites of eggs on a platter or in a large cake bowl or bombe with a whip, not with a revolving beater.

    The Laurel Health Cookery

    Evora Bucknum Perkins

British Dictionary definitions for bombe



Also called: bombe glacée a dessert of ice cream lined or filled with custard, cake crumbs, etc
a mould shaped like a bomb in which this dessert is made

Word Origin for bombe

C19: from French, literally: bomb; from its rounded shape



(of furniture) having a projecting swollen shape

Word Origin for bombé

French, literally: bomb-shaped, from bombe bomb
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