borscht

Alternative Spellings

borshtsh, borsht

Definitions

  • "Borshtsh" is the Russian word for beet soup. Among Jews soup made from beets is considered Polish borshtsh, while Russian borshtsh is made from cabbage.
  • "An Eastern European soup traditionally made with beets." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "My family always eats borscht on Pesach."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

באָרשט borsht (sometimes spelled באָרשטש borshtsh)

Who Uses This

Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

A Slavic word (cf. Russian and Ukrainian борщ borshch [no -t ending])

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