Part of speech: noun
Origin: Unknown, 16th century
A whipped cream dessert, typically flavored with white wine or sherry.
Examples of Syllabub in a sentence
"We sampled syllabub for the first time while on vacation in Greece."
"My aunt makes a delicious syllabub out of whipping cream, white wine, lemon juice, nutmeg, and sugar."
It is not clear what root “syllabub” has in English, but variations of the word have appeared since the 16th century.
Did you Know?
Between the 16th and 17th centuries, there were roughly a dozen spellings of “syllabub” (including “solybubbe,” “sillabubbe,” “sallibube,” and “sullibub”). Many believe “syllabub” emerged as the standard spelling thanks to the similarity to the existing word “syllable.” Completely unrelated to that word, “syllabub” refers to a variety of types of drinks made by curdling milk with alcohol or acid, as well as to various desserts made out of this beverage. People have been eating and drinking something like solybubbe or sallibube for hundreds of years without knowing where its name came from, and we still don’t know, but today we spell it “syllabub.”