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sorbet Line breaks: sor¦bet
Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːbeɪ/

Definition of sorbet in English:


1A water ice: a delicious fruit sorbet [mass noun]: they ate orange sorbet
More example sentences
  • Pudding was a passion fruit sorbet which Ronay pronounced the best sorbet he had ever eaten, and we finished the meal with coffee and Armagnac.
  • Any dessert with a sorbet or ice cream will give pleasure here.
  • Other desserts include bananas or papaya in caramel and cream sauce, bread pudding with custard, coconut or banana tarts, delicious coconut sorbet, and a mean coconut nougat.
2 archaic An Arabian sherbet.
Example sentences
  • That's right, sherbets and sorbets originally were drinks made from sweetened fruit juice.


Late 16th century: from French, from Italian sorbetto, from Turkish şerbet, based on Arabic šariba 'to drink'; compare with sherbet.

  • sherbet from early 17th century:

    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.

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