Definition of borscht in US English:

borscht

(also borsch)

noun

  • A soup made with beets and usually served with sour cream, associated with the cuisine of eastern and central Europe, especially Russia, Poland, and Ukraine.

    • ‘The borscht is gorgeous, swimming with dill and sour cream.’
    • ‘Make cold borscht by grating roasted beets and adding chicken broth and sherry vinegar; top with plain yogurt and a pinch of caraway seeds.’
    • ‘I think that night of borscht and vodka and all sorts of other Russian traditions made us champions.’
    • ‘They claim that, without this final touch, borsch lacks character.’
    • ‘Other things to start with include five different kinds of soup, from borscht to solana.’
    • ‘Filled cabbage and grape leaves as well as soups such as zama and the Russian borsch also form part of daily meals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Claim that borscht is the ultimate way to eat beetroot and you will hear no arguments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 other hearty soups include a meaty goulash, sauerkraut or an excellent beet borscht, which is both strong and round on the tongue.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The French have already been dealt with and I can now tell you Russian borscht will never again be soup-of-the-day.’
    • ‘In my case the lentil soup that I chose was unavailable, but borsch was.’
    • ‘Excellent borscht is $1.50; seven oversize, overstuffed pierogi made from scratch are $3.80.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Guests were invited to drink shots of vodka and eat cold borscht soup from tin bowls, while loud speakers blared old communist hymns.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Russian borshch.

Pronunciation

borscht

/bôrSHt//bɔrʃt/