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[sawr-bit, sawr-bey; French sawr-be] /ˈsɔr bɪt, sɔrˈbeɪ; French sɔrˈbɛ/
sherbet (defs 1, 3).
Origin of sorbet
1575-85; < French < Italian sorbetto < Turkish şerbet cool drink ≪ Arabic; see sherbet
Can be confused
ice cream, sherbet, sorbet. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sorbet
  • It also pairs really well with rum, fennel sorbet and rum.
  • Ingredients for cream of lettuce soup, risotto with radicchio, and peach sorbet are handpicked from the organic kitchen garden.
  • All it takes is a special blender and some syrup to bring a sorbet back to life.
  • We have made wonderful smoked salty chocolate, salty caramel, and strawberry pink peppercorn sorbet.
  • Huge double blooms, with layers of pink and cream petals, remind us of cool sorbet.
  • One is tuna accompanied by horseradish sorbet, colder and more crystalline than the traditional horseradish in cream.
  • Dessert items include hot peanut pudding, peanut and pecan pudding, almond pudding and sorbet varieties.
  • Ice cream, sorbet and fruits are served for dessert.
  • We were served a sorbet intermezzo followed by our entrees.
  • She combines the chopped cherries with pomegranate juice and a splash of vodka for a quick-fix sorbet.
British Dictionary definitions for sorbet


/ˈsɔːbeɪ; -bɪt/
a water ice made from fruit juice, egg whites, milk, etc
a US word for sherbet (sense 2)
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old Italian sorbetto, from Turkish şerbet, from Arabic sharbah a drink
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Word Origin and History for sorbet

1580s, "cooling drink of fruit juice and water," from French sorbet (16c.), probably from Italian sorbetto, from Turkish serbet (see sherbet). Perhaps influenced in form by Italian sorbire "to sip." Meaning "semi-liquid water ice as a dessert" first recorded 1864.

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