Definition of borscht in English:


(also borsch)


  • [mass noun] A soup made with beetroot and usually served with sour cream, associated with the cuisine of eastern and central Europe, especially Russia, Poland, and Ukraine.

    • ‘Excellent borscht is $1.50; seven oversize, overstuffed pierogi made from scratch are $3.80.’
    • ‘Guests were invited to drink shots of vodka and eat cold borscht soup from tin bowls, while loud speakers blared old communist hymns.’
    • ‘The other hearty soups include a meaty goulash, sauerkraut or an excellent beet borscht, which is both strong and round on the tongue.’
    • ‘The young tender leaves have a fresh, palate cleansing taste and make a delicious addition to a salad; mature leaves can be pureed to make green sauce for fish, French Cream of Sorrel soup, or a variety of Russian borscht.’
    • ‘In my case the lentil soup that I chose was unavailable, but borsch was.’
    • ‘Claim that borscht is the ultimate way to eat beetroot and you will hear no arguments.’
    • ‘They claim that, without this final touch, borsch lacks character.’
    • ‘It was therefore the food of the Ashkenazi - chopped liver and gefilte fish, salt beef and latkes, cholent and borscht - which predominated there for many years.’
    • ‘We look to the Russians for that blood-coloured soup, borscht; we eat them cold with pasty, yellow mustard or horseradish sauce and the recent trend of pasta dyed with beetroot juice makes for nothing more than creative viewing.’
    • ‘Filled cabbage and grape leaves as well as soups such as zama and the Russian borsch also form part of daily meals.’
    • ‘Jack laughed at that, shook his head, and began serving supper - a bowl of borscht with sour cream and rye bread, perogies and cabbage-rolls and good kolbassa sausage.’
    • ‘The selection features borscht, perogies, cabbage rolls, kolbassa and a daily special for each day of the week (including roast pork on Mondays and turkey with dressing on Fridays).’
    • ‘Other things to start with include five different kinds of soup, from borscht to solana.’
    • ‘The French have already been dealt with and I can now tell you Russian borscht will never again be soup-of-the-day.’
    • ‘I think that night of borscht and vodka and all sorts of other Russian traditions made us champions.’
    • ‘If the Russians win one game, I will eat this column shredded at high noon in a bowl of borscht on the front steps of the Russian Embassy.’
    • ‘Beet soup with duck is a hearty take on borscht, and while a brilliantly vermilion gazpacho could have been our favorite soup, it was, uncharacteristically, too salty.’
    • ‘The borscht is gorgeous, swimming with dill and sour cream.’
    • ‘From Russian borscht (a beetroot soup) to banana samal (a Southern Indian dish), he hoped to give the children the opportunity of trying something new and healthy.’
    • ‘Make cold borscht by grating roasted beets and adding chicken broth and sherry vinegar; top with plain yogurt and a pinch of caraway seeds.’


Russian borshch.