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sherbet

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃəːbət
 
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Definition of sherbet in English:

noun

1 [mass noun] British A flavoured sweet effervescent powder eaten alone or made into a drink: disks of fruit-flavoured rice paper filled with sherbet
More 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.
2(Especially in Arab countries) a cooling drink of sweet diluted fruit juices: the ladies floated around in diaphanous silks and served sherbet and other refreshments
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  • 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.
3North American Water ice; sorbet.
Example sentences
  • Sales of ice milk, sherbets, water ices and novelties continued to increase, but the very foundation of our business, ice cream, started to slip.
  • Keep in mind that - unlike sorbets, sherbets, and most soy desserts - ice creams and frozen yogurts are a decent source or calcium.
  • Fruit-flavored ice creams, sorbets and sherbets benefit from the use of vanilla because the ingredient can balance out acidic notes of the citrus or fruit product.
4Australian humorous Beer: [count noun]: I went down the local pub for a few sherbets

Origin

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

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.

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