sundae

[suhn-dey, -dee]
noun
ice cream served with syrup poured over it, and often other toppings, as whipped cream, chopped nuts, or fruit.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; perhaps special use of Sunday (with distinctive spelling)

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sundae (ˈsʌndɪ, -deɪ)
 
n
ice cream topped with a sweet sauce, nuts, whipped cream, etc
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]

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sundae
1897, Amer.Eng. thought to be an alteration of Sunday, perhaps re-spelled in deference to religious feelings; but the reason for the name is uncertain; perhaps "ice cream left over from Sunday, on sale later." For a fuller account of the speculations, see H.L. Mencken, "The American Language," Supplement
I (1945), pp.376-7.
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