Definition of sorbet in English:

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sorbet

Pronunciation: /sôrˈbā/
Pronunciation: /ˈsôrbət/

noun

1A dessert consisting of frozen fruit juice or flavored water and sugar.
Example sentences
  • For dessert you can make a fabulous tangerine sorbet using the juice and peel.
  • Low-fat means sorbet, ices, frozen yogurt, sherbet, or low-fat ice cream.
  • There's must-have chocolate, sugared cookies, even splashy sips of champagne or sparkling fruit juice over teensy scoops of sorbet.
1.1 archaic An Arabian sherbet.
Example sentences
  • That's right, sherbets and sorbets originally were drinks made from sweetened fruit juice.

Origin

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

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  • 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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Syllabification: sor·bet

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