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[suhn-dey, -dee] /ˈsʌn deɪ, -di/
ice cream served with syrup poured over it, and often other toppings, as whipped cream, chopped nuts, or fruit.
Origin of sundae
1890-95, Americanism; perhaps special use of Sunday (with distinctive spelling) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sundae


/ˈsʌndɪ; -deɪ/
ice cream topped with a sweet sauce, nuts, whipped cream, etc
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for sundae

1897, American English, 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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