Definition of sorbet in English:


Line breaks: sor¦bet
Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːbeɪ
, -bɪt/


  • 1A water ice: a delicious fruit sorbet [mass noun]: they ate orange sorbet
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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