any of various eastern European soups made with beets, cabbage, potatoes, or other vegetables and served hot or chilled, often with sour cream.

Also borsch [bawrsh] /bɔrʃ/, borshch [bawrsh, bawrshch] /bɔrʃ, bɔrʃtʃ/.

Origin of borscht

1880–85; < Yiddish borsht; compare Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Russian borshch soup with red beets as ingredient; or directly < East Slavic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • I shall not go to church, though honest old Clara Petroffskovna may stare and cross herself in holy horror, and spoil the borsch.

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for borsch


borsch (bɔːʃ) or borshch (bɔːʃtʃ)


a Russian and Polish soup based on beetroot

Word Origin for borscht

C19: from Russian borshch
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Word Origin and History for borsch



1884, from Russian borshch "cow parsnip," which was an original recipe ingredient. Borscht belt "region of predominantly Jewish resorts in and around the Catskill Mountains of New York" (also known as the Yiddish Alps) is by 1938.

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