Definition of sherbet in English:

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sherbet

Pronunciation: /ˈSHərbət/

noun

1A frozen dessert made with fruit juice added to milk or cream, egg white, or gelatin.
Example sentences
  • Include skim milk, low fat custard and pudding, gelatin, sherbet, fruit juice, cooked refined cereals, and cream soups made with skim milk.
  • Novelties include Fudge Bars and Orange & Raspberry Fruit & Cream Bars, which combine low fat ice cream with fruit sherbet.
  • If you can't resist dessert, though, choose fresh fruit, gelatin, sorbet, sherbet, fruit ice, meringues or plain cake with fruit purée.
1.1North American A frozen fruit juice and sugar mixture served as a dessert or between courses of a meal to cleanse the palate.
Example sentences
  • After a mangosteen sherbet as a palate cleanser, we were then presented with whole roasted beef tenderloin in a red wine butter sauce.
  • Then we were taken ‘up north’ for a most unusual Japanese sake wine sherbet, served as a palate cleanser.
  • To refresh our taste buds, Fredi then presented us with a sherbet from imported passion fruit.
1.2(Especially in Arab countries) a cooling drink of sweet diluted fruit juices.
Example sentences
  • In rural areas, lassis and sherbets appeal to people of all ages.
  • The Crusaders then took it to Europe, while the Ottoman Turks began using it creatively in rice dishes, puddings, pastries, jams, sherbets, syrups and a large variety of sweets.
  • So were the gulab-based sherbets which can be taken both during summer and winter.
1.3British A flavored sweet effervescent powder eaten alone or made into a drink.
Example sentences
  • The inviting assortment of goodies include acid drops, sherbet lemons, sherbet pips, coconut mushrooms, cinder toffee, Yorkshire mixtures, liquorice sticks, and lollies of all flavours under the sun.
  • My granddad and uncle worked together in a sweet factory, so always had a healthy supply of coconut ice, jelly babies and sherbet dip.
  • A sherbet powder was produced which could either be made into a fizzy drink, or sucked into the mouth, where it would likewise fizz.

Usage

The tendency to insert an r into the second syllable of sherbet is common; the misspelling sherbert accounts for around a quarter of the citations for the word in the Oxford English Corpus.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Turkish şerbet, Persian šerbet, from Arabic šarba 'drink', from šariba 'to drink'. Compare with syrup.

More
  • The words sherbet and sorbet (late 16th century) are essentially the same, and are closely related to syrup (Late Middle English) and shrub (mid 18th century), a drink made with sweetened fruit juice and rum or brandy. All go back to a group of words centring on Arabic sariba ‘to drink’. The sharp-tasting powdered sweet sherbet was originally used to make a fizzy drink, from the 1850s.

Words that rhyme with sherbet

burbot, Herbert, turbot

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sher·bet

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