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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
  • But the beauty of it is that it has the best qualities of both desserts: creamy like a sherbet, refreshing like a sorbet.

    What to Eat August 10, 2009
  • The sorbet was tangy and was a tad tart while in the main course the pepper in the yam croquette brought it to life.

    What Harry Ate Tom Sykes March 14, 2012
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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