a frozen fruit-flavored mixture, similar to an ice, but with milk, egg white, or gelatin added.
British. a drink made of sweetened fruit juice diluted with water and ice.
a frozen fruit or vegetable purée, served either between courses to cleanse the palate or as a dessert.

1595–1605; < Turkish < Persian sharbat < Arabic sharbah a drink

ice cream, sherbet, sorbet. Unabridged
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sherbet (ˈʃɜːbət)
1.  a fruit-flavoured slightly effervescent powder, eaten as a sweet or used to make a drink: lemon sherbet
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): sorbet a water ice made from fruit juice, egg whites, milk, etc
3.  slang (Austral) beer
4.  a cooling Oriental drink of sweetened fruit juice
5.  informal (South African) a euphemistic word for shit
[C17: from Turkish şerbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharbah drink, from shariba to drink]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, zerbet, "drink made from diluted fruit juice and sugar," from Turk. serbet, from Pers. sharbat, from Arabic sharba(t) "a drink," from shariba "he drank." Related to syrup.
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frozen dessert usually flavoured with fruit, made from water, sugar, flavourings, and milk or cream. Egg white or gelatin may be added to ensure a fine texture. Sherbets may also be flavoured with wine or liqueurs. By U.S. federal regulation, sherbets must contain a minimum of 1 percent and a maximum of 2 percent butterfat. Water ice, called in French sorbet and in Italian granita, is similar to sherbet but contains no dairy ingredients.

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