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[shur-bit] /ˈʃɜr bɪt/
a frozen fruit-flavored mixture, similar to an ice, but with milk, egg white, or gelatin added.
British. a drink made of sweetened fruit juice diluted with water and ice.
a frozen fruit or vegetable purée, served either between courses to cleanse the palate or as a dessert.
Origin of sherbet
1595-1605; < Turkish < Persian sharbat < Arabic sharbah a drink
Can be confused
ice cream, sherbet, sorbet. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sherbet
Contemporary Examples
  • But the beauty of it is that it has the best qualities of both desserts: creamy like a sherbet, refreshing like a sorbet.

    What to Eat August 11, 2009
Historical Examples
  • "Impossible," he said, dabbing at sherbet spots on his trousers.

    A Fine Fix R. C. Noll
  • And now do you suppose I can get you a cup of coffee or a sherbet?

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • Syrup, shrub, and sherbet, all originate from the same word.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • Their best drink was "coffa" and sherbet, which is only honey and water.

    Captain John Smith Charles Dudley Warner
  • We will have a sherbet together, and after that we will eat.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • When the mixture begins to set, pile lightly in sherbet cups.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • Does this mean one of sherbet and seven of rum, or the converse?

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • This sherbet is of a beautiful lavender color when finished.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • After a few moments of conversation, tea, coffee, and sherbet are handed round.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for sherbet


a fruit-flavoured slightly effervescent powder, eaten as a sweet or used to make a drink: lemon sherbet
(US & Canadian) a water ice made from fruit juice, egg whites, milk, etc Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) sorbet
(Austral, slang) beer
a cooling Oriental drink of sweetened fruit juice
(South African, informal) a euphemistic word for (taboo) shit
Word Origin
C17: from Turkish şerbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharbah drink, from shariba to drink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sherbet

c.1600, zerbet, "drink made from diluted fruit juice and sugar," and cooled with fresh snow when possible, from Turkish serbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharba(t) "a drink," from shariba "he drank." Formerly also sherbert.Related to syrup, and cf. sorbet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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