[ bawrsht ]
/ bɔrʃt /


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

Nearby words

  1. borrowed time,
  2. borrower,
  3. borrower's card,
  4. borrowing,
  5. bors,
  6. borscht circuit,
  7. borsic,
  8. borstal,
  9. bort,
  10. bortz

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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British Dictionary definitions for borscht


borsch (bɔːʃ) or borshch (bɔːʃtʃ)

/ (bɔːʃt) /


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 borscht



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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